‘Take over Goan clubs’ assets in Mumbai’

PANAJI: The Indian council of management executives (ICME) has urged chief minister Digambar Kamat to take over the assets of Goan clubs in Mumbai so that the interests of members are protected and also to set up family courts and a state mediation commission to resolve pending matters in civil courts.

The issue of old Goan clubs which were known as ‘kuds’ locally, was raised during a meeting with the chief minister by a delegation of ICME led by David Joseph, a Mumbai based solicitor.

In a memorandum submitted to Kamat, ICME has claimed that there were around 1,000 Goan clubs in Mumbai several years ago which were properties of villagers of Goa and that now around 260 clubs are remaining. ICME has said that as the villagers are unable to maintain and take care of the clubs, landsharks, builders and developers and even some registered organizations are taking over the prime assets by misguiding them and taking advantage of the simplicity of the Goan villagers.

Control of assets should be taken over by the government of Goa or alternatively a team of experts should be appointed immediately to study the clubs’ assets and submit a report to the government on the options available, the memorandum said.

“On the basis of the report of the experts panel, the government should appoint a minister for clubs who will among others, liaison with the government of Maharashtra to protect and improve the market potential of the clubs thereby bringing joy and happiness in the hearts of the villagers,” ICME said.

Raising another important issue with the chief minister, ICME delegation urged the government to immediately set up family courts in Goa and also state mediation commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.

Joseph said that today special courts and bodies are the need of the hour in order to strengthen the faith and hope of the justice delivery system in Goa. “There are several contentious issues of law which need specialized bodies to decide and settle the same which go a long way in building peace and prosperity in Goa.”

ICME has said that mediation, which is also known as alternative dispute resolution, is proving to be a very satisfactory method of resolving disputes in every sphere of life, pointing out that there are several disputes pending in courts – inventory and civil courts – concerning inheritance, succession and properties.

In this situation, mediation is an answer. Hence, setting up of both the bodies – a family court and Goa state mediation commission – will bring speedy justice to the peole of the state.

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