Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal has called for a mass movement against NGOs who protest development, calling it the worst form of obstruction of justice for the country's poor.
Goyal, who also holds the charge of Trade and Commerce Ministry, was speaking at 'Vibrant Goa', an investment summit held near the state capital on Saturday (19 October). He said that he was willing to go on a public platform with folded hands to plead to the NGOs against impeding development projects, while commenting on the delay in the construction of an upcoming greenfield airport at Mopa plateau, in North Goa, due to litigation.
"It is the worst form of obstructing justice for the poor of India, for providing a better quality of life for the poor people," he added.
The construction of the Mopa greenfield airport, which is being undertaken by the GMR Group in association with the Goa government, was essential for promotion of the coastal state as a world class destination for tourism.
"I think it is high time that there is a mass movement of the people of India and the people of Goa who oppose these forces, who are not allowing development to happen in Goa who are not allowing good roads, who are not allowing good hotels, who are not allowing good airports, who are not allowing the expansion of the port," Goyal asserted.
(With inputs from IANS)