Govt plans to take up migration study

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 13 June 2013 19:35 IST

Goa government plans to take up a comprehensive study of migration in Goa, from within and outside.

It has become necessary especially to strengthen Goa’s case for the Special Status to control sale of land to the outsiders.

In its memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on behalf of all the parties in the Goa Assembly, chief minister Manohar Parrikar has stated as following:

“The unrestricted immigration and whole sale transfer of land is beginning to submerge the unique Goan identity.  Though we have been noticing this in the last decade or so, it has now reached menacing proportions.  The apprehension is that by 2021 the migrant population will outnumber the local Goans. 

The 2011 census data which shows that there are 5,76,582 census houses. Out of this, 1,25,503 census houses are  vacant; all probably belonging to migrants who treat this as a second home.  This is 21.8% of the total number of houses.” 

However, when asked by the media, Parrikar admitted that the state government does not have enough data to prove its case full proof.

 

He agreed to the observation that Goa needs to have a proper database of:

: intra-migration from villages to the cities,

: the migrant labour class not living in its own houses and

: the affluent migrants buying houses or flats in Goa.

“Our data is of preliminary nature. It needs to be more accurate with a proper study”, said Parrikar.

Parrikar however did not believe that there is large scale intra-migration from villages to cities.

After Goa has built some bridges like Siolim-Chopdem or Amona-Khandola, people have been travelling from their villages to work.

He however agreed that the intra-migration to the cities is taking place mainly for education purpose.


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