The 40 newly elected MLAs having taken Oath of allegiance to the Constitutional framework, it is imperative that they strictly function within the parameters of law. In all their acts and deeds they are expected to discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour whatsoever. This is what should happen. It remains to be seen whether reality bears this out.
Safeguarding our environment should be their priority. There should be no attempt to shield, protect or encourage any illegal hill cutting or land-filling. Every MLA at all times should not come to the rescue of anyone breaching any law. If the rule of law is strictly adhered to by all, Goa could become a better place.
Our roads and streets must become safer as the increasing crimes is a matter of concern. Despite the law being supposedly in place, noise pollution is going on blatantly with political patronage to the detriment of more particularly the Senior Citizens and students. There should be a concerted effort to eradicate the drug menace and the flourishing flesh trade which has sullied Goa’s image. Although the law prohibits hoardings along the national and state highways, the authorities seem to be conveniently looking the other way. There has also been no compliance of the Supreme Court directive that religious structures mushrooming along the roads be removed. Let us hope our new MLAs will strive towards upholding the Rule of law. They owe it to Goa.