|October 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm #8103|
The Cortalim gram Sabha, which was going on smoothly, turned stormy after the issue of nationalisation of rivers was tabled for discussion and the villagers strongly opposed it.
Earlier, the gram sabha members discussed and approved several works pertaining to development.
Sarpanch Senia Pereira and deputy sarpanch Raymond DeSa raised objection to the opposition on the grounds that many were not from its jurisdiction.
Pereira alleged that members of a NGO, who were not constituents of the panchayat, were disrupting the proceedings by instigating the villagers though they had promised not to do so.
The meeting turned chaotic after a villager allegedly abused the sarpanch Pereira and also tried to disrupt the proceedings. Pereira immediately summoned the police who brought the situation under control.
Meanwhile, the gram sabha members adopted a resolution to oppose the nationalisation of rivers. The meeting was then immediately called off by Pereira.
Later, speaking to media persons, Pereira said, “The gram sabha covered almost all the issues, but chaos started when the issue pertaining to the nationalisation of rivers came up for discussion.”
She alleged that the husband of a panch member, who is a resident of Varca-Salcete and a supporter of the NGO, abused her and disrupted the gram sabha proceedings. She said that the plot to disrupt the proceedings was hatched before the meeting.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the accused said that he has a right to attend the gram sabha since he is a Goan and an Indian citizen. He said, “Let, the Cortalim sarpanch prove that I am not a resident of Cortalim.”
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Issue of nationalisation of rivers mars Cortalim gram sabha“