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Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik addressing media at Margao on Friday.

Amend FEMA to face ISIS threat: Naik

PANAJI: Claiming that the state of Goa is facing a threat from ISIS terrorists, Rajya Sabha MP and secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) Shantaram Naik said that it is absolutely essential that purchasing of properties by foreign nationals which is, unfortunately, permissible under certain conditions, has to be administratively and legally, restricted in public interest by amending Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Naik said the government should not only impose penalty equivalent to thrice the sum involved and Rs 5,000 per day for continued contravention, but should confiscate, all the currency, security or any other money or property in respect of which the contravention has taken place, in favour of central government, with respect to which a substantial share should be given to state government.
Naik said that so far the Union government has not tried to amend the Foreign Exchange Management Act to make any stringent provision to impose the penalty of imprisonment in view of the FDI Policy of government of India.
Naik also said that the central government should not put security of the country, especially of tourist state like Goa, in jeopardy in the name of FDI Policy.
He further said that the state government should take the delegation to the Prime Minister on Special Provisions (Special status) issue at the earliest in order to protect our land for not only economic reasons but also for security reasons in view of threat from ISIS.
Raising another issue, Naik said that those who refused even to garland the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi all these years, have now taken the task of cleaning public places, which although is welcome, should also ensure that they clean up their mindset.
Naik said that the BJP government proposes to change the name of Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission and intends to rename it after a BJP leader, similarly BJP also proposes to scrap Planning Commission because it was conceptualised by Jawaharlal Nehru.
While on one hand, BJP leaders are sweeping public places with brooms in their hands, for the first time, they are doing their best to reduce financial allotments to Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Scheme, he alleged.
Naik said that the Congress cannot be wiped out by temporary setbacks, as it has suffered on account of sinister campaign carried out by communal and sectarian minds in the country, whose ultimate aim is, not merely make India free of Congress, in which they are ultimately bound to fail, but that, they are trying to do their best to bring in ‘lokshahi
mukt bharat’ (India free from democracy) which is most dangerous to the country.

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