Alleging scam in the auctioning of sluice gates managed by the Tenants Association of khazan lands, Porvorim Block Congress on Thursday demanded that the order cancelling the auction which was allegedly issued at the behest of the then Revenue Minister, Rohan Khaunte be revoked at the earliest. Serving a seven-day ultimatum, the party has demanded that Revenue Minister, Jennifer Monserrate immediately revoke the order cancelling the auction and commence the auctioning the sluice gates across Goa failing which the party has threatened to mobilise its workers and farmers from Pernem to Canancona to gherao the office of the District Collector.Pernem locals accuse MLA of neglecting them in their bad times
It may be recalled that the Government in December 2018 had abruptly cancelled all auctions of the sluice gates in the State. The cancellation of auction caused loss to the tenants association and the farmers all across the state to the tune of several lakhs of rupees. Porvorim Block Congress Committee president Adv Shankar Phadte alleged that as a result of the cancellation of auction process, which was illegal on the part of the Government, there were rise in criminal activities at the sluice gates triggering creation of fish mafia in the State.