Goa Opposes Flag Hoisting By Indian Navy Over 15 August
Ahead of the 75th celebrations of the Indian Independence Day, the Indian Navy has had to cancel the unfurling of the national flag at Sao Jacinto Island.
South Goa residents have asked that they don’t want the central or state government to carry out of any activities on the island due to their distrust of the authorities.
The “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” has not be allowed to take off in full swing. The residents are wishing to do it on their own and don’t want any interference from outside. Apparently, the residents were anxious at the Navy’s presence on the island in the light of their opposition to the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) in Goa and the Major Ports Authorities Bill, 2020, which has been passed by Parliament.
Actually, the residents have not stopped the Navy from joining the hoisting but would like to spearhead it themselves. That does not seem to be resonating with the Indian Navy.
Captain Viriato Fernandes of Goencho Avaaz, an NGO-turned-political party, said the islanders’ distrust is because the draft CZMP and the Major Port Authority Bill, 2020 shows Sao Jacinto falling under the jurisdiction of the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).
According to the CZMP, the port has been limited and the jurisdiction of Sao Jacinto Island would come under the port. The residents are not in favor of the port limit being set down by the Centre. This is one reason the Indian Navy’s presence has made them suspicious.