Don’t Charge Citizens For Door-to-door Collection of Waste
The prime task of the municipal bodies and the panchayats is to keep their respective city and village clean. Door-to-door collection of garbage forms a part of this cleanliness drive. The question that arises is why should citizens be made to pay a fee of Rs 60 per month for the service of collecting garbage from their homes? This service could have come free of cost. Rs 60 per month may seem a small amount but then the poor people may feel the pinch of having to pay Rs 720 per year even though the amount of waste they produce in their homes could be minimal. That could be one of the reasons why people still prefer to dispose garbage in open areas and water bodies. It would be desirable for the service of door-to-door collection to be made free of cost and the garbage collectors paid from the funds of the civic bodies and panchayats. This will be in the true spirit of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. After all, citizens do not have to pay extra for the municipal sweepers, who sweep the streets in front of their homes.
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco
Bypolls: Cong Not Looking Beyond Available Options
It is not surprising that even after the Election Commission has blown the poll bugle, political parties in Goa continue to be in the grip of ‘uncertainties’ in so far as zeroing in on definite candidates to represent them in the ensuing elections and their ‘winnability’ is concerned. Barring the Mapusa seat, the BJP may appear complacent having already named nominees to contest the bypolls and the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress continues to be the show-stopper in the ‘fancy parade’ that has enabled a new brand of politics to be enacted in the state. With myriad names and faces featuring as probabilities in their list, the scenario is reminiscent of the post-poll developments of the 2017 state assembly elections when some political leaders connived to give a new meaning to the term ‘people’s mandate.’ The habit of not looking beyond available options has been the Congress’ undoing in Goa. It is, however, a surprise that no sooner an election is announced, the party finds itself swamped by demands by ‘spent-forces’ to resuscitate their sagging political careers. Attacking the shortcomings of the opponents no longer features as a strategic political manoeuvre for the Congress party. Nor is it open to challenges that could usher in pioneering changes within the state. As regional parties, however, the Goa Forward Party and the MGP have enough in them to decide the future of the state by having a rethink on their alliance.
PACHU MENON, Margao