Villager complains against Bandora panchayat
PONDA: Gurudas Naik of Undir Bandora along with other locals told media that he had complained to Ponda Block Development Officer (BDO) that they were not allowed to participate in the Bandora Panchayat Body meeting held on Oct 11. In his complaint Gurudas said there is provision in Panchayat Raj Act allowing any villager to sit in a panchayat body meeting provided that he does not disturb, interfere or take part in discussion.
Gurudas also alleged that the notice of the meeting was not pasted on the Notice Board of the Panchayat.
It was only after their local panch member came out of meeting in protest, they were allowed to enter but it was too late as a resolution was already passed. They said the Ponda BDO assured to look into matter.
FDA seizes mawa worth Rs 2 lakh
MAPUSA: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raided a mawa house and seized 42 bags weighing around 1300 kg mawa worth Rs 2 lakh.
The mawa house, owned by one Ramlal, is situated at Ghotnechowal Colvale.
Sources said the product was bought as barfi and used as mawa for preparing sweets. This mawa was found with added vegetable oil, preservatives and colour which FDA said is not permitted.
The bags did not have a manufacturing date. The FDA team said the actual cost of pure milk mawa is Rs 350 per kg but this mawa was being sold for Rs 120 per kg.
FDA has booked a case under Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and Rules. The FDA team was headed by Sr FSO Rajiv Korde and comprised FSO Madhav Kavlekar, Atul Dessai, Shruti Pilarnekar, Arjun Naik and Sudhakar Parsekar.
Labourer assaulted at Karaswada
MAPUSA: An argument over a silly issue led to physical assault.
A driver of a water pipeline contractor Amit Ibrahim resident of Nagao and native of Karnataka allegedly assaulted a labourer Manjunath Karbari (25) resident of Madel Thivim causing him severe injuries on his mouth.
The incident took place recently when they were doing some work at Karaswada. Karbari said that he was sitting when the driver pushed him and when asked the reason an altercation followed which later resulted into the assault.
He was then taken to District Hospital Mapusa for treatment. Further investigation is in progress.
Farmer succeeds with tomato crop
VALPOI: Avinash Rane, 58, is the first farmer in the taluka to have a tomato plantation at his farm, at Kopardem village. Rane grew 1100 saplings bought from Belgaum, each costing Rs 3.
According to Rane he has planted the tomato plants in a 1000 sq mt land. He said he will earn around Rs 80,000 per year from the tomato plantation after spending only Rs 8,000. Rane said he is not using any chemicals because it is harmful to life.
A graduate in BSC in agriculture, Avinash has been working in agriculture sector for the past 30 years. He also grows cabbage, cucumber, lady fingers, red chillies, etc.
Cockroaches at Tuem health centre
PERNEM: Patients visiting Community Health Centre Tuem have complained of unhygienic conditions at the centre.
Many patients, who were recently discharged and are at present admitted in the centre, complained of cockroaches moving around on the beds as well as on the tables and drawers where people store their food and medicines.
People said the presence of cockroaches is a nuisance and a health hazard. A local Shradha Bagkar from Morjim said, “My son was admitted at this centre for four days. We saw cockroaches roaming around the beds and tables where we used to keep our food tiffins and medicines.” The staff on duty said the “cockroaches come and go. We put chalks to kill them.”
Another local Sonali Pednekar said, “My husband was admitted in this centre for three days and we had kept food and other things inside the drawer which we later found out was full of cockroaches.”
The health officer Dr Surekha Parulekar, said, “This problem is in all the health centres. The cockroaches come when people leave their food on the floor and tables. We have already forwarded a letter to higher authorities. There is need to hire a company to solve this problem. At present we are using chalk to curb the cockroaches. We also clean the wards and rooms thrice a day for better hygiene.
This centre caters to almost 70 per cent of Pernem population as well as people from neighbouring states.