|September 24, 2018 at 12:19 pm #8307|
The adjourned Sao Jose de Areal gram sabha that was held on Sunday saw the villagers taking a strong objection to the panchayat body resolution to exempt stone crushing units from seeking permission from the Town and Country Planning Department.
The gram sabha passed a resolution to lodge FIR against an executive engineer of electricity department for installing electricity poles in the plots allegedly developed illegally, and a Portuguese national for creating problem at the gram sabha after minutes indicated about his participation.
The meeting started on a fiery note as the villagers took objection to a Portuguese national ‘participating’ in the gram sabha, and passed a resolution demanding with the panchayat to lodge an FIR against the Portuguese national for disturbing the peace at the meeting.
The gram sabha also demanded that the panchayat should lodge an FIR against the executive engineer of electricity department for installing electric poles in the plots allegedly developed illegally.
The gram sabha members had raised the matter and had expressed concern over the development of the plots illegally without the TCP’s approval.
The villagers also took a strong objection to the panchayat body’s resolution exempting stone crushing units from taking TCP approval. They pointed out that “the panchayat has acted to save the sarpanch Perris D’Costa, who is operating two units.”
The members demanded that if the stone crushing units are exempted from taking TCP approval then the panchayat should also grant such exemptions for houses, and unanimously resolved to ask the panchayat to drop the resolution and treat it as a null and avoid as it is against the Panchayat Raj Act.
The sarpanch informed that the gram sabha that the panchayat has moved a file to demolish nine scrapyards while others have challenged the decision in court and is presently pending with the BDO.
The gram sabha members cornered the panchayat members stating that “the panchayat had received the demolition order from the deputy director in the month of February, 2018 but till date the panchayat has not sent the request for demolishing squad and is done intentionally.”
The gram sabha members questioned whether the panchayat was serious about clearing the 43 scrapyards in the village. After the sarpanch informed that he is not getting support from the staff, the villagers demanded that the panchayat write to the BDO complaining about the staff and initiate action.
The villagers also demanded that the cash receipt timings at the panchayat office be extended till 3:30 pm, and also cheques should be accepted as the public are put to a great inconvenience as the panchayat office accepts cash till 12 pm.
Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Sao Jose de Areal villagers object to ‘resolution’ on stone crushing units“