Goa government is incompetent: Parsekar

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Panaji, July 11 (UNI) Laximikant Parsekar, a BJP member of the legislative assembly, has criticised the Goa government for its ''inept handling of various issues''.

Mr Parsekar, speaking to reporters here today, said the Government was afraid of facing the Opposition and, so, it is likely that the Monsoon Session of the assembly would be a short one. The dates have, however, not been officially announced yet.

Mr Parsekar said the Oppostion was expecting that the Monsoon Session would be at least of four weeks. However, it is reliably learnt that the session will be only of twelve days, from August 18 to 29, he said while pointing out that this in effect will mean just eight working days since two Fridays falling in between will be utilised for private member bills while there will be no seatings on Saturday and Sunday.

The BJP legislator alleged that Chief Minister Digamber Kamat had failed to maintain law and order situation, which was the worst in his own constituency. Mr Parsekar cited a recent example wherein swords were seized by the police at Moti Donger.

Prices of essential commodities have risen, Mr Parsekar said. He alleged that the government's encouragement of casinos in the state, reeked of corruption. He also referred to the withdrawal of the 10th standard History and Hindi books owing to some controversy. Further, referring to the government's ''ineptness'', Mr Parsekar noted that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) had to be scrapped following pressure from the public.

Mr Parsekar alleged that although the government had assured to compensate the farmers, whose crops had been damaged by wild elephants and bisons, the same has not yet been paid.

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