The High Court order on the illegal construction of the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Bambolim has brought some cheer to the citizens of the state. However, it is a shame that the Judiciary had to step in, while our Planning and Law enforcement authorities have not only failed to stop the illegal construction, but colluded with the law breakers. Although the two judges have differed on the action to be taken, there is unanimity on the findings that the promoters of the Hotel project have had the temerity to submit an illegal and fudged construction plan to
hoodwink the High Court in connivance with the Town and Country Planning department (TCP), Curca Panchayat (VP) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).
It is sad that the very people who have been entrusted to safeguard the interests of the citizens have sold their soul 'for a few pieces of silver.'
It is clear from the judgment that the TCP was the main protagonist in the scam as the Chief Town planner, has in his affidavit filed in Court vouched for the 'illegal' plan of the promoters. To this Justice Dalvi has used strong words such as 'The reliance upon the affidavit of the TP who may have colluded with respondent No. 6' or 'such affidavit therefore obtained by whatever means which the Court may not dwell into, cannot take the case of respondent No. 6 further in establishing its authenticity.'
In view of the above, it would be incumbent on the part of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is also the Minister for Town and Country Planning to suspend the Chief Town Planner and hold an enquiry as to how he could accept and authenticate a fudged and illegal plan. After all, 'zero tolerance to corruption' should not end up as a mere slogan.
Capt. Paul Mascarenhas, Panaji
Prematurely retired employees
I have seen some letters in the newspapers regarding prematurely retired teachers whose age of retirement was reduced from 58 to 60 years during the first stint of Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister. They are pleading that their loss in service by two years may be adequately compensated as they were discriminated for no fault of theirs. Similar is the story of many government servants who were forced to retire at the age of 58 years at that time due to the
decision of the government. But what is surprising is though we had formed an association of the affected persons contributing an amount of Rs. 1000/- each, nothing has been heard about the progress made for the last many years in this regard. There is no sign of any appeal to government or any meeting of the association for the last many years informing where our case stands. With the parliamentary elections in the offing, this was the chance to press to settle this long standing and just demand of ours.
Januario Vaz, Merces
Dysfunctional office of Registrar of Co-operative Societies
I am a senior citizen and a member of 'Sapana Citadel Co-operative Housing Society, Dona Paula.' My family is being continuously harassed for the last several years by the members of governing body for exposing their misconducts, financial irregularities and unlawful activities.
Even regular efforts of bringing these to the notice of 'Registrar of Co-operative Societies' along with proofs of arbitrary functioning, non adherence to laws as laid down besides other malpractices in the society have resulted in few actions and no results. Important basic procedures like holding regular AGMs, eligibility of members for holding General Body posts, proper regular audits of society accounts and proper procedures for conducting financial matters of society are being bypassed.
The Registrar's office is reluctant to take any meaningful action as per the Goa Co-operative Society's Act, allowing the governing body members to carry on their misconducts and unlawful acts at the cost of harassment to members.
Goa needs separate AIS Cadre
Chief Minister has taken a right decision to form a separate AIS cadre by delinking existing joint AGMUT. Even though many years have passed ever since Goa became state, our previous Chief Ministers have not taken such a bold decision. It is true that the bureaucrats appointed from Delhi were working as per the Centre's order.
Agnelo C. Fernandes, Mumbai
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