MARGAO: Director of Panchayats Rajendra Satardekar on Monday visited Navelim panchayat to set in motion the process to make it one of the six villages in the State that will have a perfect garbage management system in place within the next six months.
He disclosed that Navelim was one of the panchayats recommended by the department to the National Green Tribunal to have complete garbage management system within the next six months and towards this end reviewed the garbage management system at the panchayat.
He said all panchayats will be asked to convene their garbage management committee meetings within a fortnight to prepare a garbage management plan and discussed the plan prepared by Navelim which he highly appreciated and said it could be replicated in some other panchayats.
He admitted that mixed waste and dumping of garbage by the road side by the floating population are major challenged faced in garbage management in Goa.
While stressing the need to collect segregated garbage from each and every household, he said the government was willing to give all support and help to the panchayats to make a clean Goa.
The panchayat director while arguing that garbage management has to be decentralised at panchayat level admitted that “Not In My Backyard” thinking was a major hurdle for garbage management.
“Today garbage management has changed and it is no longer stinging and dirty, but people are not willing to accept this,” he lamented.
He informed the Navelim panchayat that the department is likely to increase the wages for the daily wage workers engaged to manage garbage and admitted that nobody can get labour for Rs 350 per day as paid by the department.
While disclosing that this revised wage structure should be announced within a month, he also asked the panchayats to increase the garbage tax from households and suggested that it should be at least Rs 100 per month for each household.
He also suggested that housing societies and bulk generators be made accountable to manage their own garbage and penalised for failure to do so and suggested that the fine should be at least three times the tax levied so that the offender feels the pinch and honours the laid down procedure.