Mon, 18 Nov, 2019

Residents checkmate Lamani over name change

06th November 2019, 02:15 Hrs

the goan I network

MAPUSA

An ‘outsider’s’ attempt to adopt a Goan name suffered a setback, after some youth from the State challenged his application for change in name before the Bardez sub-registrar.

Coming under pressure, the ‘outsider’ decided to withdraw his claim for change in name, days before the sub-registrar could issue an order on the objections raised by the youth.

The development has given some hope to the Goan youth who have now decided to file similar objections against the practice of change in names before all the 12 sub-registrars in the State.

Three months ago Manjunath Lamani had approached the sub-registrar in Mapusa with an application to change his name to Manjunath Naik.

On reading the advertisement for the change in name in a local daily, the local youth approached the office of the Bardez sub-registrar and officially registered their objections against the move.

After conducting four hearings in the matter, the sub-registrar reserved his order in the case on November 4.

Surprisingly, before the sub-registrar could issue his order, the applicant, Manjunath Lamani withdrew his application for change in name.

Sub-Registrar, Tushan Kunkolienkar informed the Goan youth that since the applicant had withdrawn his application he was going to dismiss the case.

However, Adv Ganesh Gaonkar, representing the youth appealed that the case be rejected due to objections raised by the youth.

“This must be for the first time that such a case is being argued in the State. The applicant has withdrawn his application for change in name but we are yet to pass the final order in the case,” Kunkolienkar said.

In the meanwhile, the youth of the State have appealed to Goans to remain vigilant and raise objections against those who are threat to Goem, Goenkar and Goemkarponn.

 “Alert youth should keep an eye on such unscrupulous people who illegally apply for change in name. Their attempt to illegally obtain ration, election and Aadhaar cards should also be stopped. We should file objection before the authorities against such malpractice,” said Deepesh Naik, who was part of the youth who objected the change in name claim.

“These people change their names in order to obtain government facilities and schemes and to acquire land in the State,” said Praveen Asolkar, while appealing to the youth to come forward to identify such people.