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Citing 'demographic changes',Cong seeks quota for ethnic Goans

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Opposition in Monday demanded reservation in government jobs for 'Niz Goenkars' or ethnic Goans, on lines with the quota allotted to the community in neighbouring

Claiming "demographic changes" in the coastal state, the also sought scrapping of a clause prescribing minimum 15-year domicile as an eligibility condition for government jobs.

said even non-can easily meet this criterion and produce domicile certificates.

"The clause of 15-year domicile certificate should be scrapped because even non-are producing certificates to be eligible (for government jobs). If we don't stop all this, there will be a day when you will not see a Goan in Goa," the former MLA added.

He said those whose forefathers hailed from the coastal state should only qualify under the 'Niz-Goenkar' category.

"If the BJP government in can provide reservation for the community then why can't the dispensation do it for Niz Goenkars?" asked Fernandes.

The BJP heads the coalition government in Goa, which also comprises the Goa Forward Party, Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party and three Independent MLAs.

It is the duty of the to protect the "welfare of each ethnic Goan who is succumbing to demographic changes in the state", he added.

The BJP-led government recently granted a 16 per cent quota in government jobs and education to Marathas under a special category classifying them as a socially and educationally backward class.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:20 IST