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Portuguese ‘Goenkar’ hit by new registration, marriage fee hike


Getting Portuguese citizenship would now cost a bomb for a Goan from making corrections in the birth certificate to getting married back in the homeland.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, in the recent budget, has hiked all these fees by 100% to almost 700%.

And to be affected with this at large would be Goans belonging to the minority community who go to UK by taking Portuguese passport and come back to Goa to get married.

Durgadas Kamat, president of GenNext, alerted the media today when he came to know that making correction in the birth certificate would now cost Rs 1000 instead of Rs 125.

The Congressman deplored this hike, stating that it would largely hit Goa’s Christian community and appealed to the people of Goa to kick out this BJP government.

Confirming this hike, P S S Bodke, Registrar of Notary Services, said it would mainly cost those who take Portuguese passport since they need to make all the corrections that match their records with Registrar of Lisbon.

According to him, not less than 500 to 600 applications his department deals with corrections in marriage certificates alone on monthly basis, most of which are required for Portuguese citizenship.

This one hike alone would bring revenue of around Rs 60 to Rs 72 lakh to the state treasury, instead of around Rs 7.5 to Rs 9 lakh.

goanews.com verified the facts further with the budget speech, which revealed that not only marriage correction but CM Parsekar has hiked at least four kinds of fees related to civil registration.


Old Fee

New Fee


Marriage Correction




Outside Working Hours




Working Day








Foreigner’s Marriage





It also includes solemnising marriage outside the normal working hours, which is done either at home or the marriage hall.

Fees for rendering this service on a working day has now been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 3000, which is a 500% hike.

Fees for similar services on Sunday or a holiday has also been increased from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000, a hike of 400%.

And there is one more fee, which has been doubled. Marriage registration or transcription of marriage registration of a ‘foreign national.’

This fee has been doubled, from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000.

And who are these ‘foreign nationals’? Not actual foreigners but our own Goan brothers or sisters, who take up Portuguese citizenship to work in UK, but come back to Goa to get married.

The Union of India, obviously, treats them as foreign nationals. They have to now pay Rs 10,000 to get married to a Goan. 

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Pl kick out this CM. He is only increasing every thing n making life more difficult for the aam admi who is already burdened with high cost of living. Coconut tree he calls a grass, he increased petrol and diesel prices there by pushing all commodities up. Brainless CM

z f dsouza , calangute goa

When will the elections date be announced?, all my wedding preparations have been done and if elections comes up than it will be a dry day, i am getting married on feb 26th 2017, why can the election commission announce the dates earlier so we can shift our wedding, so many people will be getting married in feb what about them??

Why can't the elections be in Lenten season as it commences on March 1st 2017, during this time no Catholics get married for a span of 40 days until Easter.

Need you support to bring it to election commissions notice.

Garry , Dubai



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