|January 29, 2018 at 1:13 pm #8160|
Cavelossim gram sabha on Sunday witnessed a heated discussion over alleged illegal fishing activities in the village. Locals argued with the sarpanch over trade licences, issued way back in 1980s, saying that they were being misused for unloading fish.
Locals complained that three trade licences, given to one party in 1982, were being misused for loading and unloading of fish on the beach instead of at the jetty. Based on previous complaints of open defecation by locals, sarpanch Dionizio Dias informed that a letter about the same had been written.
The locals persisted that illegal activities are going on unabated and demanded a review of the trade licences that were issued. Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao, who was in attendance, said that “just because you are collecting trade tax from a trader does not mean that they can do anything they want. As per law, there should be no docking at the beach but only at the jetty.”
The sarpanch mentioned that all commercial establishments, including hotels and shops, would have to give a fresh application furnishing details of businesses they were operating.
“There have been cases where establishments have been issued one trade licence, but use it for ten different activities. Therefore, they will be asked to give an application of what activities they are doing and action will be taken against those operating illegal businesses. There are places that pay Rs 100 as trade licence, but earn in lakhs. This money has to come back to the panchayat,” said Dias.
The MLA also took the opportunity to clear the air on objections to nationalisation of rivers. Alemao said that desilting was a necessity today and assured locals that the rivers and its banks would belong to the state and not the Centre.
However, the panchayat had received a note from the chief minister that no development work would be undertaken without the consent of the state government. The gram sabha, therefore, resolved to write back to the chief minister asking for the local panchayat to also be included in the decision-making process.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Heated discussion at Cavelossim gram sabha over illegal unloading of fish“