Goa ready to give govt jobs to Tillari project affected people

Goa Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues Tuesday said the state will have to study the profiles of each of Tillari dam affected people before assuring them government jobs.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 13:58 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Water Resources Minister Filipe
Neri Rodrigues Tuesday said the state will have to study the
profiles of each of Tillari dam affected people before
assuring them government jobs.

Rodrigues who met his Maharashtra counterpart Sunil
Tatkare on Monday here said that Goa is ready to honour
the commitment given during the inception of Tillari
irrigation development project.

"We are ready to give government jobs provided the
candidates fit the proper criteria. I will have to discuss
with the Chief Minister and government needs to form
modalities," Rodrigues said.

The dam is constructed in northern part of Goa which has
affected several villages from Maharashtra`s Sindhudurg
district.

Maharashtra`s demand stems from the agreement signed
between both the states in 1990 which gave Goa 73 per cent
water share from the dam project on Tillari river in the North
district.

The neighbouring state has recalled that while having the
prerogative of larger water share, Goa was also supposed to
have 73 per cent cost sharing and bore the liability of
providing employment to the Project Affected People (PAP) as
per the 1976 Rehabilitation Act of Maharashtra.

Rodrigues said there is a clause which speaks of
employment to PAPs but "we need to see what kind of employment
could be provided to them."

The minister said that since Goa never took any big
rehabilitation project, the state does not have a policy to
pay one time settlement for PAPs.

A total of 11 villages with 1,236 families and 5,476
population was affected due to the project, which is aimed at
easing the drinking and irrigation water shortage of Goa.

Tatkare had told reporters here that 869 families were
certified to be PAP of which Maharashtra government has
provided government employment to 204 people.

The project with 16 TMC dam is estimated to be of Rs
1,612 crore of which Rs 875 crore has to be borne by Goa
government.

PTI