Salcete sarpanchas slam govt for no full-time secretaries

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February 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm #5202

The Salcete Block Panchayat Forum on Saturday slammed the state government for its failure to appoint full-time panchayat secretaries despite several assurances from the Panchayat Minister even as pressure has been mounting on the government to implement the recommendations of the second state finance commission.

The Salcete sarpanchas met for the first time on Saturday after the forum was registered formally in December 2013.

The sarpanchas discussed at length, problems faced by the respective villages in the absence of full-time secretaries. One sarpanch said that the Block Development Officer (BDO) had informed that the government was in the process of appointing new secretaries along with some additional secretaries as substitutes in case the village panchayat secretaries proceed on leave. However, it will take at least another two months, he said.

The sarpanchas hit out at the government for delaying the appointment of secretaries despite assurances from the Panchayat Minister Laxmikant Parsekar in the state legislative assembly in May 2013. They observed that the Salcete villages would have to go without a full-time secretary for a minimum of another two to three months as the appointment would be delayed due to the enforcement of code of conduct in view of the Lok Sabha election.

The sarpanchas also passed a unanimous resolution to boycott government functions or meetings if notices are not sent to the panchayats with a minimum period of eight days in advance. The sarpanchas also decided to write to the government about the forum’s decision to boycott any call for meetings, functions or even carrying out special gram sabhas.

Drawing attention to the regular practice of the government calling panchayats at short notices, the sarpanchas pointed out that acting on such short notices was not possible as the panchayats have their prefixed agenda, including inspections, panchayat body meetings etc. The sarpanchas also pointed out that even for special gram sabhas, the panchayats are not provided with sufficient time to call the meetings. They said that it has become a trend to call the sarpanchas at short notices.

Expressing their displeasure over the treatment meted out to them despite being constitutionally elected by the people, the Salcete sarpanchas slammed the government for not observing the protocol and giving them due respect. They also said that whenever they visit government department, they are ill-treated.

The sarpanchas also decided to unanimously demand the implementation of the recommendations of the second finance commission. Though the recommendations have been accepted by the government, the same have not yet been implemented despite assurance given to court. It was decided by the forum that each panchayat would write to the government along with the forum for the speedy implementation of the second finance commission report even as they are considering filing of a contempt petition against the government for not implementing the recommendations.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Salcete sarpanchas slam govt for no full-time secretaries

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