Reiterating its demands that the government does not enact a legislation to make permanent grants-in-aid to English medium primary schools, run by Diocesan Society and the Archdiocesan Board of Education, Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) has warned the Bhartiya Janata Party led government that it would have to face the consequences in the forthcoming Assembly election in 2017, if they fooled people on the Medium of Instruction (MoI) issue.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Panaji, the leaders of BBSM announced their plan to intensify the agitation on MoI, throughout Goa, alleging that the government is not serious on the primary education issue.
Madhav Kamat, senior leader of the BBSM said “We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the state government will accept our demands to stop grants-in-aid to 132 English medium primary schools run by the Diocesan society and ABE, from the beginning of the academic year 2016-17. We warn the government not to enact a legislation to provide grants-in-aid to English medium primary schools by falling prey to pressure tactics of communal and anti-Goan forces”
Announcing their future plan of agitation, Madhav Kamat said that over 150 senior workers of the 19 committees in Goa will meet on November 29 from 9 am to 1 pm, in the conference hall of the Hedgewar school in Mala, Panaji to chalk out a detailed programme for the second stage of agitation during the months of December 2015 and January 2016.
During the first stage of agitation, BBSM has constituted 19 zone wise committees in 12 talukas in order to re-emphasise the necessity of intensifying the MoI agitation throughout the state. These committees met during the months of October and November to review events of last three and half years and to plan future action. Over 1127 workers participated in the said meetings.
Further it was decided to constitute 186 sub committees in various talukas at the panchayat and village level by the end of January 2016 and to meet all the MLA’s on the issue in December-January, Kamat said.
Fr Mousinho Ataide and Uday Bhembre also spoke on the occasion.