Goa: Reginaldo says GF must advise CM not to appeal against NGT order, seeks GST relief for tiatr

MARGAO: According to a Herald report, Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said if the Goa Forward Party was really serious about protecting Goenkarponn, it should immediately impress upon the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not to appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court order retaining the NGT court at Pune.

Addressing media persons, he was all praise for Justice Gautam Patel for the order pronounced in the interest of Goa and Goans, and alleged that it was a decision that dealt a blow to the government’s nefarious plan to destroy Goa.

“Goans have been at the forefront for protecting its environment and that is why Goa has become such a mojo tourist destination today,” he said, adding that as the government was not listening to objections and grievances voiced in the Assembly, Goans were forced to approach the NGT with their problems.

Replying to a question, he wondered why Parrikar does not initiate a circuit bench of NGT in Goa itself, as he had proclaimed that he was not against setting up of the NGT in Goa. He, however, refrained from demanding the circuit bench in Goa on grounds that let Goans decide about it.

“TCP Minister Vijai, if he is serious about protecting Goenkarponn, should prevail upon the chief minister and advise him against appealing the High Court order in the Supreme Court,” he said.

Reginaldo Lourenco also urged the government and tax authorities to pardon the tiatr and natak industries from Goods and Services Tax (GST).

At a press conference held here, Reginaldo said that tiatrists and natak performers were literally begging from people and staging their productions.

“Already there are no major monetary supports or prizes in the field of stage performance and in addition the GST regime will further strain the industry,” he said.

Reginaldo said that the move to tax and control the age-old art is like a ban. “This is only a warning and soon they may put controls,” said Reginaldo.

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