Panaji: Banking on a RTI reply, former fisheries minister Vinod Palyekar on Sunday claimed that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has rejected the proposal to set up Goa state fisheries corporation.
Addressing media persons, Palyekar recalled that an approval had been granted on September 10, 2018 for establishing a fisheries corporation. Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco had raised the matter on the floor of the House on July 10, 2019, and the Chief Minister had promised to set up such a corporation.
But on July 25, Sawant did a U-turn, putting his remarks as “regret”, and rejected the proposal for setting up the fisheries corporation without citing any reasons, Palyekar claimed.
Alleging that the government is least bothered about the interest and the welfare of the people, former minister said the Goa Forward Party came to know that the proposal stands rejected through a RTI reply.
The main reason to set up the fisheries corporation had been to provide fish to the people at subsidised rates at every corner of the state. It had also been aimed at extending a helping hand to the fishing community, he said.
There is inadequate availability of the fish in markets as the catch is either exported or supplied to hotels and restaurants, Palyekar maintained.