Gram Sabhas to stick to only approved agenda

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February 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm #8163

The state cabinet on Wednesday accorded its approval to the Goa Panchayat (Gram Sabhas or village panchayat meetings) amendment, Rules, 2018 wherein it has been proposed that no subject shall be discussed in such meetings except the agenda that has been approved by the panchayat.

The note put up before the cabinet for approval stated that the amendment has been proposed because it was observed that if the meeting was conducted without prior approved agenda then there was considerable confusion and disputes.

It further said that the proposed amendment to Rule 7 of the Goa Panchayat (Gram Sabha meetings) rules will ensure that the conduct of gram sabha meetings was smooth and orderly.

As per the proposed amendment to Rule 4, the meeting of the gram sabha shall be held on any Sunday of January, April, July and October, of every year and such meetings shall be convened by the sarpanch.

The existing Rule 5 states that the first and second meeting of the village panchayats shall be held at 11 am and in new amendment it is proposed to submit the same by mandating that the meetings shall be held at 11 am, which will provide regularity and certainty.

By another decision, the cabinet has given approval to increase ex-gratia compensation to the employees of the electricity department, who are working on line either on regular or contract basis, meeting with accident.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the compensation has been increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh in case of death. In case of major injury (permanent disability), the ex-gratia payment has been increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, Rs 75,000 from Rs 50,000 in case of serious injury involving any disablement and in minor injury, the amount has been increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. Parrikar said that it is found that one or two accidental cases have been reported every year.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Gram Sabhas to stick to only approved agenda

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