Goa to frame new law to protect NRIs’ property on the cards


By Accommodation Times Bureau


To curb the illegal sale of Non-resident Indian (NRI) land the state government is contemplating a new legislation from December 13, during coming assembly session.

Vijai Sardesai, town and country planning minister said he has spoken to chief minister Manohar Parrikar about the new law.

The economic offence cell of Goa police has registered many cases in which NRI properties have been sold by fake documents. A senior government official said this is one of the reasons why many NRIs sell their properties in the state, for the fear of being cheated.

The properties of NRIs have been taken over in their absence and sold to third parties through fake documents, Sardesai said.

According to Sardesai, “The state government will introduce legislation at the next assembly session through which NRIs and expatriate properties are being protected.”

Sardesai said that sometimes the NRI’s power of attorney executes a sale deed without the knowledge of the owner of the land. “Through this legislation, we will try to make it compulsory that the NRI should be present at the sub-registrar’s office to execute the sale deed instead of the sale deed being executed by the power of attorney holder,” Sardesai said

Sardesai, who was in Dubai to interact with NRIs, said that they feel a lot of politicians have come and gone but their issues have never been addressed. The state government has received petitions from many NRIs that their properties should be protected in the state.

Sardesai said,“Our government intention is to connect with the diaspora, wherever they may be. We want to have maximum engagement with the diaspora and involve them with the policy making.”

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