MARGAO: The Deputy Chief Minister and Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza has said that he nor his department is involved in preparing the draft of the delimitation of the municipal wards in the state ahead of the municipal elections scheduled in October.
The minister was speaking to the media after inaugurating the Jana Suvidha Kendra in Margao in association with the Kare college of Law. D’Souza said that the whole idea to have the Jana Suvidha Kendra is to simplify procedures and to provide better service to people.
D’Souza said that if there is a process to keep such a draft open to public, he would have definitely done so. “You cannot demand everything to be transparent, because you want it to be transparent’’ Francis said, adding that the director of municipal administration orders the mamlatdar to do the delimitation based on a criteria of population and geographical boundaries.
Speaking on the government decision to make certificates online, D’Souza said that the government has taken steps to make various certificates online to get rid of touts or middlemen. He said that many times educated people fall prey to such touts. Once the online service is started, such touts will be ignored,’’ the Minister said.
The minister said he had urged the government to fill up vacant posts of Talathis. Commenting on the Hospicio hospital, he said the Minister for Fisheries Avertano Furtado is doing his best to improve the infrastructure and other facilities at the Hospicio hospital.
D’Souza promised to provide linen and other medical equipments to the hospital within a couple of weeks. D’Souza also directed the district collector Sachin Shinde to make necessary arrangements to re-start canteen facilities at the collectorate for the convenience of staff.
Speaking further the Deputy Chief Minister said, that since the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has promised to hand over the Louis Berger bribery case to the CBI, the Chief Minister will ensure that the truth will come out regarding the case.
On whether the Chief Minister had taken a collective decision to write to the Prime Minister for a CBI probe, D’Souza said, “Since the information had come from the US, the accused who pleaded guilty must provide information on people who are involved in the bribery case.”
When pointed out that Louis Berger was appointed as consultants for the Mopa airport in Goa by the state government, D’Souza said he did not know much about the appointments since he is not connected with the Mopa airport.