GenNext claims land allotted permanently for Defence Expo; CM denies

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 20 November 2015 23:42 IST

GenNext produces documents to prove that the land at Betul has been permanently allotted to defence ministry for Defence Expo. But Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar flatly denies the charge.

Goa is raked up with a controversy of Industrial Development Corporation allotting six lakh square metres of land at Quitol-Betul to defence ministry on a permanent basis  for a five-day event in a year.

The immediate event, organised at the initiative of defence minister Manohar Parrikar, would be held in February 2016.

Durgadas Kamat of GenNext has produced the document of the agenda of the IDC meeting, scheduled on 15 July, which states that the proposal is to allot the land on permanent basis.

Briefing the media, Kamat claimed that industries secretary of Goa government conveyed to defence ministry on 7 July – prior to the IDC board meeting - that Goa government, in principle, has agreed to allot the land on permanent basis.

No document was produced either of this letter or the minutes of the IDC Board meeting.

When asked in this regard, CM Parsekar told media that no such decision has been taken.

“We will see for the first year if it benefits Goa and then a decision to allot the land on permanent basis would be taken. We have not signed any Memorandum of Understanding till date”, said Parsekar.

When pointed out at the letters exchanged between the government officials state that it is on permanent basis, Parsekar said these errors would be rectified while signing the agreement with the defence ministry.

The question however still remains unanswered whether defence ministry needs to be allotted the land permanently for a five-day event in a year.

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