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Govt firm on its stand on Defexpo

PANAJI: Defying the opposition, government has decided to stand firm on its commitment to the Ministry of Defence to provide land at Naqueri- Quitol in the Quepem taluka for the ninth Defexpo India 2016, to be held  from March 28 to 31 this year.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, “The land is provided to the Defence Ministry for the event for four days only. A decision on whether to allot the land for making it a permanent venue for the Defexpo will be taken after analysing the performance this year.”

However, Parsekar did not respond to the question raised by Quepem MLA Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar on whether the land would still remain with the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), and local industry would be set up there after the Defexpo this year.

In a written response to the calling attention motion tabled by Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai on the issue, Industries, Trade and Commerce Minister Mahadev Naik said,“The Chief Secretary of the state has already written to the Ministry of Defence, Government of India that the government of Goa has decided to allow the land of about 150 acres in Quitol industrial estate to be used by the Ministry of Defence for holding Defexpo in the month of March 2016 for a 4-day event. The proposal of Defexpo 2016 is an event-based. The event will be for four days, and all structures shall be temporary in nature. All structures will be removed after the completion of the event. There will not be any alteration of land profile due to this event.”

Naik further said “As far as permanent venue is concerned, with regards to the allotment of land, this is a different proposition. We have informed the Ministry of Defence that the decision regarding creation of permanent exposition ground will be taken separately.”

“The land was acquired for the industrial purpose. If land is given to the Defence Ministry for the Defexpo then, what about setting up of industry and employment generation for the locals? ”questioned Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane.

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