Goan journalist returns state award

Panaji, Apr 8 : A Goan journalist, who had exposed a secret plan to sell the state's green village - Terekhol to hotel industries, has decided to return the state award given to him by the Goa Union of Journalist (GUIJ) denouncing the government's failure to save the village.

In a letter to GUJ President Pandurang Gaonkar, senior journalist Kishore Naik Gaonkar, working with Marathi daily Goa Doot said regretfully he could not get justice to the villagers through his series of expose on the issue, and was thus, returning the award.

GUJ, which has been holding annual awards since last over a decade had chosen his articles under the Best Investigative Story category for the year 2011-12.

"The villagers are struggling to preserve their identity. The plan exposed that the village was being sold to hotel industries for starting golf course but the state government is seemingly not interested to solve the issues of our poor villagers," he said in the letter.

The GUJ committee members have decided to hold a meeting to decide whether or not to accept the stand taken by the awarded journalist.

In a starred question tabled on the floor of the House last week, the state government had said that permission was grated to M/s leading Hotels to construct golf course in this village.

--IBNS (Posted on 08-04-2013)

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