- The Portugese govt has taken a strong exception to the Goa (Abolition of Proprietorships, Titles and Grants of Lands) Bill, 2014, passed by the Goa assembly on Mayem evacuee land and has sought an explanation over the unilateral decision of the Goa govt to solve the issue.
- Once this Bill becomes an Act, it will abolish the proprietorship rights held by some by virtue of titles (Visconde, Conde and Marquez) granted by the erstwhile Portuguese colonial regime.
- Portuguese govt feels that India should abide by the treaty signed on March 14, 1975 which acknowledges full sovereignty on India on the territories of Goa, Diu, Daman and Nagar Haveli and provides for resolution of property disputes through mutual consent.
- Rajya Sabha members from Goa assert that the assembly has all powers to legislate on the matter, and that Portugal involvement in the matters concerning interests of people of Goa was undiplomatic.
- Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/portugal-cant-question-goa-bill-on-mayem-land-mp/article5980819.ece
- 1975 Treaty with Portugal on Goa
- India Portugal Bilateral Relations