Scribe returns Best Story award against Govt action

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 08 April 2013 21:49 IST

Kishor Gaonkar along with GUJ award

Kishor Naik Gaonkar, chief reporter of Goa-based Marathi daily ‘Goa Doot’, has returned the Best Investigative Story award as his story failed to change the mind of the government.

Kishor had written series of reports on a proposed Golf Course project coming at Terekhol village in Pernem taluka.

"My series of news was based on the helplessness expressed by the villagers. Unfortunately, the state government did not bother to pay attention to the views of the villagers," he said.

In spite of fierce opposition to the project, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the Assembly on 5 April that the project has been approved by the town and country board as well as cleared by the state government.

The project has been categorised as an Eco Tourism Resort, from among four projects, one in Pernem and three in one Loliem village of Canacona, located on Northern and Southern borders of the state.

Two of the three projects in Loliem village however are still not cleared.

Kishor Gaonkar had won the coveted Lambert Mascarenhas award for Best Investigative Story, for 2011-12, for exposing the ill effects of the project.

Kishor however is fully aware that he has no say on the issue, whether the government's decision to allow golf course is legal or illegal.

"But I am returning the award because my news which won the award could not give justice to the villagers. I feel only that news which can get attention of the government should be given the award," Kishor has said in his letter addressed to GUJ president Pandurang Gaonkar.

The GUJ president said the union's executive committee will discuss this issue.

"Only after discussing it with the committee members we will be able to comment on it," he added.

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