Herald: Carmona panchayat secy shifted 2 days before meet

Carmona panchayat secy shifted 2 days before meet

02 Oct 2015 07:08am IST

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02 Oct 2015 07:08am IST

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MARGAO: Carmona panchayat secretary Krishna Dessai, who signed the construction license for the Raheja project, has been transferred two days before the crucial panchayat meeting.

Taking this turn of events very seriously, villagers contacted Panchayat Director Gurudas Pilarnekar, who assured to draw an order to the outgoing and the incoming secretary to attend the meeting.

“The Rahejas are powerful and have used money to get things in their favour. There will be a huge mess in the village if the secretary fails to attend the meeting,” said village committee spokesperson Socorro Miranda, adding, “The panchayat director has promised to keep the secretary for a week or more, and that has been the village’s demand.”

The villagers have warned that if the panchayat secretary skips the meeting, they will hold even larger protests at the panchayat director’s office in Margao and the Salcete Block Development Officer’s (BDO) chamber.

Secretary Krishna Dessai was recently served a memo by the BDO for dereliction of duty after he signed the construction license, but failed to sign the attendance register. He had also given the license a day before the application fees of Rs 17.86 lakh were paid, and had not collected any receipt. After being gheraoed by the locals, Dessai had agreed to place their objections at the panchayat meeting on Saturday.

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