The United Tribal Association Alliance (UTAA) leader and former Education Minister Prakash Velip on Friday said that UTAA will be holding an agitation at Azad maidan, Panaji on January 14 to press for their demand for political reservation in the forthcoming election. Addressing the media, Velip said that their prime demand of giving political reservation to the ST community was ignored despite approaching the central and state governments.
“Our rights have been denied. In 2007 and 2012 elections, political reservation was denied to us (ST people), despite repeated memorandums and agitations held in the state. We have now pined our hopes on the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar that he would consider our demand through the parliamentary process,’’ he said.
Velip informed that they have recently submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister, Defence Minister, Central Tribal Minister, Goa Chief Minister etc. He said that the central government had in the past brought an ordinance on three occasions but due to certain reasons it could not be passed and made an Act. Meanwhile, Velip said that the Sahakar Bharti- Goa Pradesh will be celebrating the foundation day on January 11 at Margao Ravindra Bhavan. Maharashtra Minister Shekhar Charegaonkar will be the chief guest for the programme.