|July 2, 2013 at 8:51 am #4377|
Xavier Fernandes was elected unopposed as the new Raia sarpanch on Monday.
Elections were held at the Raia panchayat hall between 11am and 12am as the former Raia sapanch Romauldo Gonsalves had resigned earlier. Approximately 12,000 people live in the 11 wards that comprise the total size of the Raia panchayat, said panchayat officials.
Fernandes said that his first priority would be to solve the garbage related issues in the village and that he would work for the people of Raia.
Fernandes was earlier was part of the ruling panchayat body under Gonsalves. The previous panchayat body had formed a five-member garbage committee that supervised the garbage collection process and were following a policy of immediate segregation, collection and disposal. The committee had identified land in the panchayat property near the panchayat ghar.
Fernandes is also a key member of the Zagrut Raikaracnho Awaz (ZRA), a forum that has taken up issues relevant to the development of Raia village.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Xavier Fernandes elected Raia sarpanch“