Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday informed the state legislative assembly that he has already directed the North Goa Collector to examine the arrival of large number of labour class people in Goa on July 22.
The Chief Minister also stated that he has also asked the Labour Commissioner to come out with the list of companies in Goa and the number of Goan and non-Goan employees working in them. “The department of labour and employment has no such records, and I have asked to collect this information at the earliest,” he added.
Earlier, independent MLA Rohan Khaunte brought to the notice of the House by way of a Zero Hour Mention that thousands of labour class people, who had arrived in Goa by 12742 Patna-Vasco da Gama Super Fast Express, had alighted at the Tivim station.
“Who are these people and who has brought them to Goa for what purpose,” Khaunte questioned Sawant, who holds the Home portfolio, further questioning if the verification of these people had been done.
“One one side we are creating employment for our people and on the other, people are rushing to Goa for employment,” he maintained, observing that the accused persons in many crime cases linked to rape and murder, are from outside Goa.
The Chief Minister also said that he sought to know the details about workforce on the off-shore casinos. “Even such information was not available and they finally provided me with the same without segregating the workforce,” he mentioned, adding that one of such casinos had employed 632 people, while another one had 740 employees.
Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao said that Goans are ready to work on off-shore casinos but the casino owners prefer workforce from Manipur, Nepal and other such places.