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Mopa airport recruitment exposes Goa govt’s mission ‘injustice’: Sardesai

PAPAJI: Goa Ahead Party President and MLA Vijai Sardesai on Saturday mentioned that recruitment at Mopa airport has uncovered the BJP authorities’s mission of “doing injustice” to individuals of the state.

“Around 5,198 candidates have got jobs at Mopa airport. Out of which only 443 candidates are locals, which means just 8 per cent. The figures provided in the Assembly session have exposed the BJP government’s agenda of discriminating against people of Goa,” Sardesai mentioned in a press convention right here.

He mentioned although individuals from Pernem in North Goa, the place Mopa airport is situated, have been assured to present most jobs, solely 5 per cent out of 443 candidates are locals (from Pernem).

Sardesai identified that on October 30, 2021, the then Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had said that every household of Pernem will get a job after Mopa airport is commissioned.

“Mopa airport is the flagship project of BJP. Some Ministers have stated that Mopa airport will be an engine of growth, and Goans will not have to leave the state in search of jobs, after it is commissioned. But so far they have given only 8 per cent jobs to Goans,” Sardesai alleged.

“I had moved a bill, which is being studied by the law department, that Goan’s should get 80 per cent jobs in the private sector. In this flagship project of the BJP government only 8 per cent jobs are provided to Goans. We are demanding 80 per cent and they are giving 8 per cent,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that jobs like welder, fitter, helper, painter, operator, supervisor, driver, carpenter, and dozens of jobs in managerial and engineering areas, the place Goans can work are given to non-Goans.

“If any project doesn’t give advantage to locals and marginalises Goans, then in such cases we can’t call it a developmental project,” Sardesai mentioned.

Sardesai mentioned that at London’s Heathrow airport greater than 8 per cent Konkani talking individuals (Goans) are seen working. “Will this BJP government give more than that figure (Goan Staff) in Goa at Mopa airport? Can it guarantee?,” he questioned.

He steered that there must be a committee of specialists, which is able to oversee human useful resource improvement, how the native individuals will get jobs and the way they need to be expert as extra 1,500 jobs are more likely to be created after the airport is operational.

“Employment is the biggest issue in Goa. At present the unemployment rate is 13.7 per cent,” he mentioned.

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