CANACONA: Asking opposition not to polticise the ‘Shram-dham’ initiative to build houses to the poorest of the poor in Canacona, Sarpanch’s of Khotigao and Agonda rejecting the allegations outright against the Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar said if Tawadkar is defamed unnecessarily, no one will dare come out to help the poor people of Canacona.
Addressing a press conference at the government Rest House at Shristhal, Agonda Sarpanch Fatima Rodgrigues said, Tawadkar is a person who not only thinks but helps out every poor person to come out of their poor-status.
‘Tawadkar sir, understand the plight of poor people he is doing everything to help them. Shram-Dham is his widely accepted conept, w=and we strongly support him in this endeavour. He got the woods needed to complete the houses before monsoon legally and as per the officie procedure. And he did it for the sake of poor people. Don’t critize for the sake of criticising.’
Khotigao Sarpanch Anandu Dessai, ‘ Tawadkar sir is an experienced MLA of 4 terms, and he knows how to get the works done in the shortest ctime consuming manner. But he still got the woods, (which in fact had no teakwood in it as per oppositions claim) which were available in Forest’s custody, auctioned and only after completion of all formalities brought the wood to the Carpentry unit for processing.
If the Carpentry incharge was not aware of the legality of the wood, it is his problem. Carpentry Unit Director concerned had all the documents of the wood brought for processing at the unit. Don’t politicse the Shram –Dham which including Speakar Tawadkar ever concerned citizen of Canacona is trying to provide houses to the needy and poor people of Canacona.
Considering the urgency in completion of work, even chief minister felt if the the works are completed and if any hekp is required from the government, government will assist, and accordingly Forest Minister Vishwajeet Rane also agreed to provide us the wood if available with forest department it will be provided with shortest of office-proceedure so that Shram dham houses will be completed before Monsoon. If the local forest officers had told you anything else it is his problem.’
Canacona Vision-2030 convenor Sidharth Dessai, presenting the papers of forest formalities including a transport pass of the wood to shift the auction-taken wind-fallen trees from Mone(Khotigao) to idhar-Loliem Carpentry unit, also came hard on the critics for attempting to make Canacona MLA/GLA Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar a scapegoat in the entire issue, and defaming his name for no reason.’
The concept iof Shram-dham is born because of Tawadkar out of his concern for the poor people of Canacona. The wood taken to Carpentry unit is for some of the houses being built under Shram-Dham. Stating no tree is cut, but only wind fallen trees are obtained through auction from Forests, Dessai informed Tawadkar through Shree Balram Chgaritable Foundation has widely carried out all the required formalities as far as the alleged illegal trees brought at Carpentry unitfor processing. Everything is legal and we had the papers to prove it. It is a concern of forest officials or that Carpentry unit incharge if they were not aware of the papers/passes.” Dessai .
Shristhal Ex-Sarpanch Datta(Pandurang) Gaonkar also staing the speaker is a well experienced kegislature did nothing wrong, and instead used his powers to hasten the work of completing the houses built under shram-dham. Ex-Sarpanch Shristhal Ganesh Velip was also present for the press meet.