Foreigner Regional Registration Office not yet established in Goa

Goa Government has not established Foreigner Regional Registration Office in Goa despite the fact that Foreigners Registration Office which is under Goa Government and which is located at the police headquarters, has been delegated the powers of Foreigners Regional Registration Office of the Union Home Ministry, in the month of May,2012.

In a statement issued today,  Shantaram Naik M.P. has said that, unfortunately, the stand of Goa Police is that they do not have separate space and required staff to handle the powers of FRRO.
Issuing of Persons of Indian Origin Card is one of the most important functions of the FRRO and Goans residing in the State and who are interested to apply for PIO Card had to go to Delhi for getting PIO Card, said Mr Naik.
But since Goa Government has taken a stand that unless they are provided with requisite facilities , they are not willing to take this additional burden , the predicament of those, who have applied for PIO Card or of those who propose take this facility is that , Union Home Ministry is not now dealing with the applications from Goa as the powers have been delegated to FRO, and, Goa FRRO, although empowered to do the function , are not willing to do the job as they do not have infrastructure.
This is like being ,”Na ghar ka na ghat ka” (neither here nor there)

Explaining the status of PIO, Naik says, person of Indian Origin” means a foreign Citizen (Not being a citizen of Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries as may be specified by the Central Government from time to time) if,
(i) he/she at any time held an Indian Passport; or
(ii) he/she or either of his/her parents or grand parents or great grand parents was born in and permanently resident in India as defined in the Government of India Act, 1935 and other territories that became part of India thereafter provided neither was at any time a citizen of any of he aforesaid countries [as referred to in (2)(b)] above; or
(iii) he/she is a spouse of a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin covered under (1) or (ii) above.

Naik citing the benefit available to PIO Card Holder says, that(i) A PIO Card holder shall not require a separate visa to visit India.(ii) A PIO Card holder will be exempted from the requirement of registration if his stay on any single visit in India does not exceed 180 days.(iii) In the event of continuous stay in India of the PIO Card holder exceeding 180 days, he/she shall have to get himself/herself registered within 30 days of the expiry of 180 days with the concerned Foreigners Regional Registration Officer/Foreigners Registration Officer.(iv) All PIOs including PIO Card holders, shall enjoy parity with NRIs in respect of all facilities available to the latter in the economic, financial and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural/plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights. (v) A PIO Card does not entitle the cardholder to undertake any missionary work, mountaineering and research work; he/she would require special permission before they could undertake such work.

Naik proposes to approach Union Home Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde , Union Minister for Home Affairs in this regard.

Goa MP Shantaram Naik holds meeting with HP and BP officials over gas.

Gas cylinders can be booked by five mathods, namely, registering by visiting personally to the dealer office, by telephone, by giving missed calls, through internet and through the method of interactive voice system, Mr Shantaram Naik was told by the representative of Bharat Petroleum Shri Satyen Nair and Hindustan Petroleum representatives, Shri Jacob Brian and Shri Arvind Singh, at a meeting held by Mr Naik with the two company officials at Margao, recently.

Mr Altinho Gomes , General Secretary of Goa PCC,Mr Subhash Phal Desai, President of South Goa District Congress Committee, Shri J.T.Vaz, Chief Organiser of Congress Seva Dal and Shri Ashok Malkarnekar, Organising Secretary of Goa Seva Dal were present on the occasion .

The two company officials further told Mr Naik that for domestic consumers , the gas cylinders are sold at Rs 418 but government bears the subsidy amount of around Rs.500/-. People can purchase more than fixed quota of six cylinders by paying non-subsidised price of around Rs 911/-.

Shri Shantaram Naik explaining  a point to officials of BP and HP held by him at Margao on Friday with the representatives of the Company. Seen in the picture are: Shri Satyen Nair of BP,Shri Jacob Brian and Arvind Singh of HP, Shri Altinho Gomes, Subhash Phaldesai,J.T.Vaz and Ashok Malkarnekar.

Mr Naik has requested the Company representatives that they should ensure that people are able to interact with dealers offices and with call centre personnel in Konkani language. Mr Naik also urged the company representatives that dealers’ employees should be polite and behave in a people- friendly manner and that, they should be given perfect training to implement new system. Mr Naik was informed that at present there are in all 52 dealers in Goa , out of which 28 belong to H.P,17 to BP and 7 to IOC.

Mr Naik stressed the need of increasing the numbers of these dealers. The two companies have started village-wise tour to explain the new scheme to the people. In a statement issued today, Mr Naik has hoped that the cap of six cylinders will be lifted by the petroleum companies.


Goa CM Parrikar seeks Maharashtra CM’s help to resolve Tillari issue

A fortnight after canals of Tillari irrigation projects went dry due to protests by villagers from Maharashtra, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has sought help from the neighbouring state in resolving the issue. Parrikar spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday, seeking his intervention to resolve the issue after water supply was stopped by people from Sindhudurg district in the neighbouring state, he told PTI today.

The Chief Minister said he spoke to Chavan pointing out that there is an agreement signed between both the states to share water from the project, which needs to be honoured. “I am positive that he will resolve the issue,” he said. Several villagers from Sindhudurg district are protesting since a fortnight inside the canal in Maharashtra section stopping the water flow to Goa.

The villagers are demanding that Goa government should honour its assurance given during conception of this project. They claim that Goa had assured to give government jobs to the people from Maharashtra who were displaced due to construction of the project. The project has been supplying water to three talukas of Goa – Bicholim, Pernem and Bardez.

The construction of the dam began in 1986 and was completed in 2010.

Courtesy: BS

Large industries shunned Goa in 2012

Though Goa has seen a steady flow of investment in the micro and small industries sectors, investment in the large segment has been insignificant. Only nine large industries have come to Goa since April this year as against 26 in 2011-12. The quantum of industrial investment in the state in the past five years has been Rs 680 crore.

Between 2007 and November 2012, 340 micro units and 156 small units were set up in the state, whereas 124 large industries came to Goa in the corresponding period, including nine during the current financial year.

Industries director F O Hashmi said, “There has been a slight decline but there has also been an economic slump the world over.” He pointed out that decline of investment in heavy industries has been rather small. He added that if Goa wants to create employment opportunities for its professionally qualified youth, investment in large industries is needed. “Micro and small industries provide employed opportunities to ITI trained people but who will give jobs to IT professionals and other engineers?” Hashmi asked.

Investment in a small scale unit can go up to Rs 5 crore, which includes the cost of plant and machinery, whereas the minimum investment in a large industry is Rs 10 crore, with added requirement of land and other resources.

A member of Goa chamber of commerce and industry (Gsaid the state has failed to invite investment during the past few years due to the lack of an investment friendly climate. “Investors were harassed, literally harassed, under the previous regime,” he said, adding that even projects cleared by the high powered coordination committee (HPCC) did not sail through easily, and it took two to three years to complete formalities. He pointed out entrepreneurs stayed away from Goa due to non-availability of land at industrial estates. “I’m glad Goa industrial development corporation (GIDC) is finally putting its house in order,” he said.

GIDC has initiated the process of expanding some of its existing industrial estates and also plans to set up new estates in Poinguinim in Canacona, Sircaim in Bardez and Latambarcem in Bicholim.

Investment in heavy industries:

In 2010-11: Rs 20.71 crore

In 2012-13: Rs 19.03 crore

Investment in micro and medium industries:

In 2009-10: Rs 40.58 crore

In 2012-13: Rs 62 crore

Courtesy: TOI

Burn Goa, burn

Most people think Sunburn is a trance music festival, but there’s more to it. Other genres that you’ll hear include house, techno and disco. The key ingredient is the DJ who strings together sets of music in long, almost-continuous loops for a live audience. Like every year, headline-grabbing names are slated to perform, but festival director Nikhil Chinapa suggests you keep a ear out for the smaller acts. “While it’s fun to stand up to the music of an artist you already know, or sing along the songs with the rest of the crowd, there’s nothing quite like discovering music you haven’t heard before,” he says.



With close to 25 DJs performing at Sunburn over three days, it would be good to know who to listen to and when. If you’re an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) fan, you already know the artists you prefer. But a large number of people who come to Goa for the festival are just there to have a good time. If you’re one of those, then YouTube a few names. “Watch videos of the artists slated to play online, listen to their music and see if you prefer a certain artist’s style more than the others,” Chinapa advises. “Understanding the artist better could help heighten the experience. Plus, you can plan your fest better.”

Sunburn Suvivor’s Tip:If you can’t be bothered with research, drink up so that the alcohol in your system is at that optimal level at which you don’t care what the music is as long as you can lurch — er, dance — to the beat.

Ok, maybe that should have read “alcohol and water”. Don’t knock hydration. An average Sunburn day begins at 1pm and ends at 10pm. If you’re up for the after party (of course you’ll be up for the after party), that’s more than 10 straight hours of partying. This sounds fantastic, provided you’re not dehydrated. Dance music is hard work, especially in Goa’s tropical climate. Drink water so that you can drink the other stuff without side-effects. There are makeshift loos, within the venue, that are fairly hygienic.

Few are so intensely devoted to EDM to spend all their hours listening to sets. But there’s more to do at Sunburn. “A lot of the festival is tucked away behind coconut trees,” says Chinapa, who suggests you come around early to enjoy other festival delights. “There will be less people, you can stroll around, lounge on the hammocks, try out some of the food stalls, which serve everything from sushi to sandwiches. Also, the dessert counter sells the best chocolate fondue.”

Sunburn survivor’s tip: Keep at least one day aside for non-Sunburn sightseeing. Candolim has beach shacks, shops and water sports — great ways to get the buzz of non-stop electronic music out of your head.

Courtesy : DNA