Gram sabha laments that the panchayat did not receive any help from Pollution Board to deal with garbage menace
MARGAO: The Loutolim gram sabha on Sunday while approving a deficit budget of Rs 2.61 crore lamented that the panchayat did not receive any help from the Goa State Pollution Control Board to deal with the menace of garbage dumping on the Monte.
Responding to a question from a villager, Sarpanch Inacinho Fernandes regretted that the Goa State Pollution Control Board had not taken any action on the complaint lodged by the panchayat regarding dumping of garbage at the Monte and failed to even respond to the reminder sent by the panchayat.
He disclosed that on October 16, 2017 the panchayat spotted somebody throwing garbage at the Monte which was brought in a truck with two different registration numbers, one in the front and another at the rear.
“We complained to the police who seized the vehicle and took it away, but unfortunately a few days later we caught the same vehicle back at the Monte dumping garbage and the police have also not taken any action,” he said.
He disclosed plans to start a library in the village very shortly, which would be housed either in one of the vacant shops of the panchayat or in the Government Primary School premises in the village. He also disclosed that the electricity department had assured him that all the works of underground cabling would be completed before the onset of monsoons.
The market or tinto condition was discussed quite hotly with the panchayat directed to collect sopo for one month to observe the actual income. The sarpanch pointed out that it would not be correct to ban the vendors coming to the village on vehicles or cycles to sell things as banning them would inconvenience the people.
The villagers suggested acquiring additional land to make a bigger market place as the present tinto, everybody agreed, was too small.
The gram sabha approved a deficit budget where nearly Rs 1.5 crore has been provided for development works which includes Rs 30 lakh for construction of drains and Rs 1 crore for reconstruction of the panchayat ghar.
The provision of Rs 2 lakh for High Court Advocate and another Rs 2 lakh as advocate fees was hotly debated and objected to with a villager Joaquim Gracias pointing out that as per a government notification the panchayat can pay an advocate only Rs 2000 per case and at the most can provide for only Rs 30,000 per annum.
The necessary changes were made in the budget before it was approved. It may be recalled that the gram sabha scheduled on April 15 was abruptly adjourned and held on Sunday very peacefully and without any untoward incident.