|September 23, 2013 at 10:41 am #4659|
The newly-formed Salcete taluka panchayat forum resolved to ask the government to share infrastructure tax with panchayat bodies to tackle the garbage problem faced by villages.
“We have plans to hold a meeting every first Saturday of the month,” said forum convenor and Raia sarpanch Xavier Fernandes told STOI.
Fernandes added panchayats are facing problems over collection of waste for want of labour. “Panchayats have no workers to perform civic duties, including collection of garbage or even disposal of animal carcass. The government should allow panchayat bodies to engage permanent labourers to carry out these civic functions,” said Fernandes.
On payment of salaries to the civic staff, Fernandes said that the forum was of the opinion that the government should provide the panchayats with financial grants to engage workers. “The government is collecting various taxes from panchayat areas, including infrastructure tax. The forum expects the government to return the infrastructure tax to the panchayat to make payments to the civic workers,” he said.
The representatives of the panchayats across Salcete further discussed various grievances concerning the gold jubilee fund which is meant to be utilized for signature projects.
The forum has also decided to ask the directorate of panchayats (DoP) to extend the time limit for the utilization of the golden jubilee fund.
Fernandes said that the shortage as well as absence of engineers, including assistant engineers in the Block Development Office (BDO) office has adversely affected work on the signature projects. “The shortage or absence of engineers in the BDO office has affected preparation of estimates of the projects. The government had set September 30 as the deadline to utilize the golden jubilee grant, but most of the panchayats are not in a position to utilize the grant,” added Fernandes.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Government must share infrastructure tax with panchayats: Salcete forum“