16December2017

Goa's Spirited Online Weekly Magazine.

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In this column titled ‘Living it up’ dated January 21, 2008, I wrote: “Goa's flying circus will never let you down because they don't suffer from jet lag.  The Commissioner for NRI affairs Eduardo Faleiro spent Rs 86,691 on trips to Kuwait and Qatar in November 2007.  The Director, NRI Affairs UD Kamat spent Rs 66,930 on the same junket and Rs 58,807 in June 2007 to fly to Lisbon.  The Chairman, Overseas Employment Agency of Goa VAdm John D'Silva spent Rs 66,930 on the Kuwait and Qatar junkets. Evidently not satisfied with their efforts abroad they looked towards the homeland too.  Faleiro spent Rs 3,64,535 on travel within India, while D'Silva spent Rs 78,566 and Kamat spent Rs 1,03,933.”

 I have some more information (total cost this time) now on those junkets.  Faleiro spent Rs 4,52,272 over nine days in Kuwait and Qatar, Rs 5,22,905 for nine days in Oman, UAE and Bahrain, Rs 6,84,735 over 11 days in Mozambique and Kenya, and Rs 8,89,514 on ten days in Canada.  Total: Rs 25,49,426.    Kamat spent Rs 1,43,037 on a seven-day junket to Portugal via Frankfurt, Rs 1,94,479 over the nine days in Kuwait and Qatar, Rs 1,75,738 for the nine days in Oman, UAE and Bahrain, Rs 1,97,090 over the 11 days in Mozambique and Kenya and Rs 2,33,364 over the ten days in Canada.  Total: Rs 9,43,708.   D’Silva spent Rs 1,36,267 over the nine days in Oman, UAE and Bahrain and Rs 1,70,775 over the nine days in Kuwait and Qatar.  Total: Rs 3,070,42.  Grand total: Rs 38,00,176.  And so after the extravagant two-day ‘Fourth Global Goan Convention’ held on November 5-7 at Muscat (just one of many) and yet another strident call for ‘self-employment for NRGs”, do you see any job opportunities on the horizon?

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