Panaji : July 10, 2019 … Gomantak Bhandari Samaj proposed to amend The Goa Change of names and surnames act 1990`to restrain migrants in the State from changing their surname to Goan Surnames. Delegation of Gomantak Bhandari Samaj recently called upon by Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant at Panaji and submitted representation demanding amendment in the Act.
Gomantak Bhandari Samaj in its representation observed that, Migrant communities in Goa resort to change of surname to Naik which is common surname of Gomantak Bhandari community members. The Samaj further informed that, activities of change of surnames mostly carried out in Bardez, Mormugao and Salcete Talukas and strongly opposed such activities as it could detrimental to the image of Gomantak Bhandari Samaj.
Samaj also demanded that matters related to changing of surnames by migrants to be referred to the samaj for confirmation.