Herald: Salcete VPs object to equal distribution of 14th FC grants
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Salcete VPs object to equal distribution of 14th FC grants

22 Jan 2016 06:16am IST

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22 Jan 2016 06:16am IST

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Margao: Several sarpanchas of Salcete panchayats have taken strong objection to the manner in which all panchayats across Goa have been given the same amount of money under the 14th Finance Commission. Some have called it eyewash and others have criticised the Government for not creating a proper environment for getting the monies on time.

Several panchayats, according to their population density, have received around Rs 1.70 to 2.70 lakh rupees of the 14th Finance Commission. The monies were sent to all panchayats in the first week of January.

On Thursday, the Goa Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (GIPARD) organised a workshop for all Salcete panchayats to give tips and guidelines on the use of the monies.

However, several panchas have taken objection to the unplanned and unprofessional manner in which the whole disbursement procedure is happening. Sarzora sarpanch Jacinto Fernandes questioned the officers and experts at the workshop over various issues.

“The whole execution of the scheme is standing on thin ground and I demand that the engineers and BDOs also attend the workshop as ultimately our files of utilisation go to them and get clogged up there for months,” said Jacinto, adding, “We are a five-member panchayat and have received just around Rs 1.70 lakh, which is too miniscule to execute any good work.” 

The panchayats have also expressed anger over the late intimation of the workshop. “The financial year is to about end now. Expecting all the utilisation to be filed in these two months is ridiculous,” said a sarpanch at the workshop.

The panchayats have been expecting maintenance grants from the Government, which they have still not received.

It may be recalled that there were rumours that the Government had already used the monies received for the 14th Finance Commission grants. 

The slow pace of the disbursal of grants is making the panchayats now think that it may as well be true. However, the panchayats are not happy with the amount of grants received by them, which they say is too little or received too late.

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