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Patil to take up Kannadigas’ cause in Karnataka assembly

VASCO: Karnataka Congress legislator A S Patil, who is in Goa and is opposing demolition of 205 structures along Baina beach, on Thursday said that he will make a demand with the Karnataka government to set up a committee to find out whether their rights are being protected in Goa besides know the status and population of Kannadigas in Goa during assembly session starting on April 20.

Speaking to media during a press conference organised in a city hotel on Thursday in the presence of Goa Kannadigas Sangh president Siddanna Meti, Goa State Dalit Association president Deepak Kattimani and social worker Venus Habib, Patil said that the people evicted by the state government in the year 2004 from around 309 structures and further in the year 2014 by demolishing around 76 hutments along Baina coast were not rehabilitated which he said is a violation of human rights. He also said that the right to shelter is a fundamental right and it has been sidelined by the BJP-led government in the state.

Claiming that the occupants of 205 structures have not been provided alternate shelter, Patil said that they are quite poor and cannot afford to build a house. He made a demand for an alternate residence before demolition of the structures.

Patil also sought relief to the occupants on the grounds that they belong to the socially-disadvantaged section of society. He said that the demolitions can be delayed by some months.

“I will request Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Governor Mridula Sinha in my own capacity to provide shelter to the occupants whose structures will be demolished in the near future on humanitarian grounds,” said Patil.

He specially expressed his gratitude to Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardessai, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, former Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza, All Goa Congress Committee Minority Department chairman Saifullah Khan, local fisher folk association president Carridade and Aam Admi Party (AAP) workers for their solidarity and support to Kannadigas residing along Baina shore.

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