MARGAO: Chao and commotion marked the Aquem-Baixo gram sabha, on Sunday, over the issues of the list of below poverty line (BPL) families, beneficiaries and pending market complex.
The locals demanded that the names of the migrants, who stay in the rented premises in the village included in the BPL list, be immediately deleted and urged for proper verification before placing the list before the gram sabha.
“How can the people like Sharmas, Nadafs staying in rental premises in the village be included in the BPL list? And, that too, at the cost of the genuine cases in the village? Delete their names immediately and, never encourage them again,’’ yelled Mr Joseph Vaz, Mr Xavier Fernandes, Ms Sunita Naik, Ms Jerry Fernandes and several other villagers. Others joined them.
What indeed added fuel to the fire was the statement made by the panchayat secretary that the BPL list has been forwarded to the panchayat by the mamlatdar and that it is an old list sent for the approval of the gram sabha.
Incidentally, a local who handled such BPL cases at the mamlatdar’s office countered the panchayat secretary and corrected him stating that the mamlatdars never prepare such lists of the BPL families, “instead it is the panchayat which forwards the said list.”
The locals vociferously demanded that the panchayat members verify the list and then put it before the gram sabha. A resolution was taken to this effect.
It was also resolved to write to the Chief minister, local MLA and the Minister for Water Resources Department (WRD) to transfer the WRD land and building situated near the ice factory in the name of the panchayat, which was earlier agreed to be given to the panchayat.
It may be noted that the WRD had changed its decision and constructed a building on the same land even though it was agreed to be given to the panchayat for a market complex.
While the sarpanch, Ms Deepa Naik and panchayat (her husband), Mr Damu Naik, tried to accuse the outgoing panchayat body and the sarpanch for it, the former sarpanch, Mr Inacio Dias, who was present during the gram sabha demanded to bring the file.
He later revealed that Mr Damu Naik was the then sarpanch in the year 1992-1997, and Mr Satyavijay Naik was the deputy sarpanch, “who slept on the file despite the government cleared its intension of giving the land to the panchayat with a notification on the local dailies in the year 1993.”
Interestingly, Mr Damu Naik is the only panchayat member serving since then.
The locals demanded with the elected body to come prepared on the subject during the next meeting.
The members of the gram sabha also resolved to write to the traffic cell to take action against illegal parking on the village roads. The villagers complained that trucks remained parked on the roads causing hindrance to the locals.
“No one should be spared. Action should be taken against all,’’ appealed Mr Satyavijay Naik, the deputy sarpanch and couple of other villagers.
Issue of encroachment was also debated at the gram sabha. Mr Ajay Shirodkar from ward number four pointed out that open spaces in the villages are used for dumping of waste.
“Panchayat should take action against the culprits and should immediately take possession of such open spaces,’’ the villagers shouted.
They later took a resolution that panchayat should conduct an inspection of these open space and should develop them for the locals’ use.
It was also resolved to erect net around the football ground located opposite the panchayat building as the ball often hit the passers-by. They also narrated an incident of how a pregnant women was hit with the ball.