Herald: Goa Forward backs MMC chief to end extortion racket
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Goa Forward backs MMC chief to end extortion racket

16 Jul 2016 06:31am IST
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16 Jul 2016 06:31am IST

MARGAO: Goa Forward has said that it would stand solidly behind the Margao municipal chairperson in stopping the extortion racket run by one Vijaysingh by collecting ‘hafta’ from the vendors.

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MARGAO: Goa Forward has said that it would stand solidly behind the Margao municipal chairperson in stopping the extortion racket run by one Vijaysingh by collecting ‘hafta’ from the vendors. 

Addressing a press conference in the town, Goa Forward General Secretary Mohandas Lolyekar praised all the councilors for standing united by keeping aside their political differences, in stopping the extortion racket in the town.

Goa Forward chief spokesperson Prashant Naik was critical of the open corruption in the technical section of the municipal council and the overall inefficiency of the municipal administration. 

Stating that Goa Forward has received complaints against the technical section of demanding bribes and inordinately delaying to address the citizen’s grievances, Prashant Naik appealed to citizens to approach Goa Forward with their grievances and assured to take the corruption issue to its logical conclusion.

Naik said that the resolution passed by the municipal council for issuing construction licence for single dwelling units and compound walls within two working days (48 hours), was gathering dust at the chief officer’s office. 

“It seems that the municipal administration is sleeping over this citizen friendly decision as it kills corruption at the roots,” Naik and warned that, “if the chief officer and other officers concerned do not put the system in place for the implementation of this resolution within fifteen days, they would invite the wrath of the citizens and Goa Forward will be forced to lead an agitation against the chief officer and administration.”

The press conference was attended by MMC Councilors Jose Fernandes, Peter Fernandes and Joao Crasto who were also critical of the “slow and inefficient MMC administration.”
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