GOA GOVERNMENT’S SUBTLE VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 14

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GOA GOVERNMENT’S SUBTLE VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 14

By Joaozinho da S.F.A. Martins*

What, essentially, pushed the Goa Government in 2011 to delete the original Regulation 5(f) from the Goa Land Development and Building Construction Regulations 2008/2010, and, also to make Amendment No.32 by Insertion of Note 16 in the Regulation 6A.4 of 2010? What public concerns of common interest impelled the Government to introduce these changes? And were these changes approved by the Legislature in any prior Legislative Assembly Session?

Good governance, of which Governments boast about, requires that “Every State action be informed by reason and it follows that an actuninformed by reason, is arbitrary.” That is, “The constitutional power conferred on the Government cannot be exercised by it arbitrarily or capriciously or in an unprincipled manner; it has to be exercised for the public good. Every activity of the Government has…

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