Pernem Village Panchayats honour 'internal agreements'

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July 18, 2013 at 8:56 am #4421

Panchayats in Pernem taluka are witnessing a change in the seat of power due to internal agreements after the completion of one year since the panchayat elections took place last year. Sources said that in most of the panchayats, the seat of the sarpanch and the deputy has been shared between five different panchas for the tenure of five years on a mutual agreement while forming the panel and electing the first sarpanch. What remains to be seen is whether frequent change in power will affect the development of the village.

As the panchayats elections were held after the general elections, BJP workers had contested in many places and polled a good number of votes and captured most panchayats in Pernem. The panchayat elections were held in May 2013 and the elected sarpanch and their deputies have completed their one-year term in office. In most of the village panchayats in Pernem, cutting across party lines, the panels were formed to elect a leader with a mutual agreement of seat-sharing mostly for a term of one year at the helm. Obeying the internal agreement, many panchayats are witnessing a change in guard. In Keri panchayat, Francis Rodrigues, a staunch supporter of the local MLA and the panchayat minister Laxmikant Parsekar tendered his resignation from the post of sarpanch, making way for another BJP leader Jayant Kerkar. What is to be seen is the role of the new sarpanch in handling the Tiracol golf course issue and illegal sand extraction in the village. Rodrigues, who is from Tiracol, under the banner of St Anthony’s tenant and mundkar association, has opposed the golf course. His efforts to save the village from being washed away will also be carefully watched as the village is attacked by soil erosion on two sides (River Tiracol and the Arabian sea).

In Paliem village, Sandip Nhanji, another BJP leader, resigned from the post for the new sarpanch Prasad Parab. This village, too, faces threat of illegal sand extraction. Presently, with government intervention, sand extraction has been stopped. The locals have been strongly demanding that only villagers should be allowed to carry out legal sand extraction. Presently, mostly outsiders have occupied the business and were extracting the resource indiscriminately.

Morjim sarpanch Dhananjay Shetgaonkar has also tendered his resignation and deputy sarpanch of Morjim Anuradha Morje has made way for Vaishali Shetgaonkar. “Inconsistency among sarpanchas and their deputies need not always imply instability in the panchayat. It may be because sarpanchas are resigning from office in favour of other ruling members,” said an outgoing sarpanch. In Tuem, Ulhas Naik became deputy sarpanch after Prajakata Kannaik tendered her resignation. Encroachment in the Tuem industrial area allegedly with the backing by the some of the panchayat members is a key issue to be handled by this village panchayat.

In Parcem, Devendra Prabhudessai became deputy sarpanch replacing Satish Nagoji. In Mandrem, Ramesh Shet Mandrekar became deputy sarpanch after the resignation of Luis Cardoz. A no-confidence motion was also passed against Dhargalim deputy sarpanch Pradip Naik and the deputy sarpanch is yet to be elected.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Pernem VPs honour ‘internal agreements’

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