Congress hits out at govt over ‘ordinance’ on HBA Scheme


Panaji: The Congress party, on Monday, demanded that the government should not interfere with the Constitutional rights of its employees and must immediately withdraw its Ordinance, which bars the government employees from challenging its decision in the court of law as regards abolition of the House Building Advance (HBA) Scheme.

The Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari has recently accorded his assent to the Ordinance moved by the state government to abolish the House Building Advance (HBA) Scheme, which also stated that the government employees cannot challenge the particular decision in the court of law.

“It is unfortunate that Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state has stopped the House Building Allowance Scheme for the hardworking government employees, which will add to their financial burden,” said the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president, Girish Chodankar, pointing out that the decision of the government will virtually result in employees not left with any money at the end of the month, after paying their instalments.

Addressing a press conference in the city, Chodankar said that “the dictatorial BJP government has issued ordinance curbing the right of the employees to protest or approach courts seeking justice.”

“The state government is least bothered in adopting austerity measures and is continuing with wasteful expenditure on projects purely with the intentions of making fortunes by way of commissions and kickbacks charged,” he alleged, further charging that the state unit of the BJP of undertaking celebrations when people are dying due to Corona pandemic.

Speaking further, Chodankar said that the BJP is openly supporting the capitalists, while having no time to hear the grievances of the lesser privileged hardworking people such as motorcycle pilots, rickshaw/ taxi/ tempo/ bus operators, hotel/ restaurants/ bar/ shack owners and mining dependants, besides bakers, cobblers, tailors, khajekars, fulkars and kakankars.

Stating that the financial mismanagement of the BJP government at the Centre as well as the state has resulted in financial emergency, the GPCC president said that today, the farmers of the country are on the roads due to the high handedness of the BJP government, which has now allowed the rich and mighty to capture the produce of the hardworking farmers.