|July 30, 2015 at 6:45 pm #5805|
The Cortalim-Quelossim gram sabha was a busy affair as it witnessed discussions on many issues, including the illegal cutting of mangroves and land reclamation at the mini-India park project site, the pending demolition of structures on comunidade land, the proposal to identify and acquire land for a housing project in Quelossim, camera monitoring for future meetings, and garbage-related matters.
Member Devendra Kenkre highlighted the garbage menace in the villages and raised the issue of money spent on garbage collection.
Sarpanch Hilario Figueiredo informed that garbage collection had been stopped and the panchayat was trying to appoint a new contractor. However, the file needed the approval of the Block Development Officer (BDO).
The members asked the panchayat to give the BDO a final reminder to reply, failing which the panchayat should proceed with appointing a new contractor.
Member Jude Pereira raised questions about the panchayat’s decision to hold camera-monitored gram sabhas. It was again resolved that all gram sabha meetings would be held under camera surveillance.Figueiredo also presented his proposal for identifying and acquiring land for a housing site in Quelossim.
Panch Raymond Desa questioned him about the already acquired land, on which over 20 plots were developed but never put to use.He also informed that the panchayat had made a proposal seeking bifurcation of Quelossim from Cortalim, and said that once the new land was identified and acquired, the benefit of the same should go to the poor and needy people of Cortalim-Quelossim, and not only Quelossim.
Members were also disappointed over the stalemate in bifurcating the Cortalim-Quelossim panchayat. Desa said the issue had become a regular agenda at the gram sabha, but there was no headway to the proposal, which was almost completed.
They decided to approach the government again with the demand to bifurcate the panchayat and grant a panchayat status to Quelossim, which has a huge Scheduled Tribe population.The members also grilled the panchayat on the existence of illegal hutments on comunidade land, which were to be razed a long time ago.
They urged the panchayat to serve a final notice to the authorities, and if the officials failed to reply, the panchayat should demolish the same on its own under police protection.A villager sought to know what action was being taken against the people involved in the destruction of mangroves for the Mini India Project site in Quelossim and also the status of reclamation activities.
Figueiredo informed that the panchayat had complained to the police about the destruction, but the police refused to take action. Instead, they asked the panchayat to approach other authorities. The villagers asked the panchayat to lodge another complaint with the police within 30 days and submit a copy of the complaint to all officials to ensure that the culprits are taken to task.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Cortalim-Quelossim discuss various village issues at meet“