20 Jun 2022  |   07:04am IST

Chinchinim VP’s inaction on ‘illegal’ mobile cart, irks local

Sarpanch denies promoting illegal activities but acting as per law

Team Herald

MARGAO: Alleging that one mobile cart is disturbing the free access between ancestral comunidade house and Olive Arcade Building, Constancio Fernandes, a local, has strongly protested against inaction from the Village Panchayat Chinchinim.

Constancio has submitted a memorandum to the Block Development Officer in this regard and requested for intervention and action. He also charged Sarpanch Inacina Rebello for not taking any action deliberately. However, the sarpanch has denied promoting illegal activities but acting as per the law. 

The complainant said that he too was a panch before, but during his 10 years as a panch and sarpanch, he never saw any panchayat body supporting illegal activities at the cost of revenue of the local body and passing illegal resolutions in favour of any party, despite that party being defaulter for almost 17 years. 

"But just because I had filed a complaint for blocking my access the present sarpanch delayed the inspection for almost 77 days and finally remained absent on June 16, a day when inspection was carried out. Her absence only proves that sarpanch wants the illegal party to use it as an excuse to disallow the inspection, as they don't have a single document to prove their case," Constancio said. 

Further, he stated in the complaint filed before the BDO, why the panchayat in the village was required, if personal revenue is given more importance than the panchayat revenue. 

Constancio claimed that the mobile gadda, which is obstructing the access, is operating without the licence from the Food and Drugs Administration, besides without renewing the trade licence for the last 17 years. Owner of the gadda has applied for the renewal without paying the arrears for the last 17 years. 

Reacting to the issue, the sarpanch said that the panchayat is not promoting any illegalities in the village. 

"The panchayat body has resolved to issue NOC to the owner of the mobile gada based on the resolutions taken earlier. I failed to remain present for the inspection due to some urgent work. Inspection of the gadda will be conducted again," she said. 

Sarpanch also said that the mobile gadda was existing at the same place for the last many years. 


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