Special Correspondent

The State Government has begun drafting legislation

  • Similar laws approved in other states
  • Additional seats in colleges to be allocated for NRG children

    PANAJI: The Goa NRI Affairs Commission has urged the State Government to enact a legislation to provide for the summary trial of cases pertaining to the encroachment of the properties of Non-Resident Goans (NRGs) back home.

    Commissioner for Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Affairs Eduardo Faleiro told presspersons on Wednesday that it had become a common complaint from NRGs that sometimes during their absence, their properties were encroached upon. When they sought the eviction of the trespassers, the cases would drag on, forcing them to either pursue the cases here and lose their jobs abroad or to forgo their property here.

    Mr. Faleiro said the Supreme Court had approved amendments to relevant laws for the benefit of NRIs in other states. Punjab, for instance, was taking care of its NRI population in this regard. After receiving the Commission's proposals, the State Government had begun drafting a legislation, he said.

    Seats in colleges

    The Goa Government has agreed to create 10 additional seats in the Goa Medical College and five in the Dental College from the next academic year on a supernumerary basis, over and above the present intake, for the benefit of the children of NRGs, Mr. Faleiro said. This was in response to a request from the Commission to the Government based on representations received, particularly from those in the Gulf countries, for the reservation of seats for their children. He said this would not affect admissions of students from the general category or from the reserved categories.