MARGAO: Commotion erupted over the issue of incomplete market project at the Chinchinim gram sabha, held on Sunday.
While one group claimed that the project is lying incomplete since the last ten years, and hence the very purpose of acquiring the land has been defeated, and therefore it has to be changed to sport complex, other group demanded that with the help of new MLA, Mr Benjamin D’Silva the market complex can be completed in the next two years.
The sarpanch and all the elected members were in quandary as to how to arrive at the solution.
The villagers, who were seen literally charging at each other over the issue, later calmed down. Apparently, the issue remained undecided.
The villagers resolved to write and demand a permanent panchayat secretary to avoid confusion, as witnessed on Sunday while reading out and confirming the old minutes.
"We demand a permanent panchayat secretary. Every gram sabha we see new secretary and hence the writing of minutes get badly affected and no one takes the responsibility. If the government is not appointing a permanent panchayat secretary, we will lock the panchayat office and raise our protest,’’ voiced Mr Savio Lopes, Mr C Leitao, Mr Neves Rebello, Mr Ajit Kamat and few others.
These villagers urged the local MLA, Mr D’Silva who was present for the meeting to solve the problem. The panchayat secretary was seen fumbling while conducting the gram sabha as the swelling crowd turning vociferous. It was resolved that panchayat should allow both — Catholics and Hindus to have minimum eight days religious programmes --- Christmas and Ganesh festival - at the panchayat garden, after the topic was debated for some time.
Though the issue seemed taking a communal turn, the elected body and few elders of the village cleverly solved it taking the resolution to allow both the communities to hold programmes.
The issue of garbage also consumed lot of time. Having no garbage disposal site, few of the villagers tried to praise a villager, Mr Benny D Costa, for having collecting the plastic from the village, but few neighbours of Mr D’Costa complained that he did not provide the toilets to the 50-odd plastic collectors who stay at the spot.
"They are staying in an unhygienic condition and creating nuisance in the locality,’’ stated Mr Renvick Pereira.
Mr D’Costa, however, disagreed. The sarpanch, Mr Royan E Viegas assured the locals that the panchayat will conduct an inspection of the area.
Few villagers pointed out that the disposal of garbage is a major concern given the fact that none of the panchayat members is willing to accept the waste in their backyard, adding the issue needs to be solved at the governmental level.
The villagers demanded to read out the audit report as there were alleged irregularities pointed out by the auditors and added that then only they would approve the annual budget.
They passed the supplementary budget till the annual budget is passed in the next gram sabha.
The local MLA, Mr D’Silva, however, stated that he will speak to the officials of the GSIDC with regard to the market complex and do the needful.
Mr D’Silva also stated that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, has assured two garbage treatment plants one in North and another in South and added that the consultants have been appointed to study the technicalities of the projects.
The MLA also promised that in next 15 days a full time secretary would be appointed for the panchayat.