PANAJI: Stating that the government will shortly create a common cadre for panchayat employees at any cost, Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho on Wednesday announced in the state assembly that he will bring an amendment to the Goa Panchayat Raj Act to make construction of illegal houses in villages a cognisable offence.
Responding to the demand for grants, the minister informed that the file pertaining to introducing common cadre in village panchayats has been sent to law department and it will come into force soon.
Godinho said that it is very important to discourage illegal construction of houses in the villages and assured that he will take all MLAs into confidence while bringing legislation in this regard.
He also informed the House that the finance department has approved the proposal of hiking salary of panchayat members which will be put into effect soon, adding more staff will be recruited in the department soon.
“We are recruiting five additional block development officers (BDOs) besides 10 more junior engineers, four executive engineers and other officers at administrative level,” he said adding that the fund for construction of panchayat ghars has been increased from Rs 2 crore to Rs 3.50 crore, out of which Rs 40 lakh will be reserved for maintenance of the building in future.
The minister also said that the department is working to introduce e-governance in every panchayat and has already started digital gateway payment at some places on trial basis and added that the financial assistance to the panchayats for garbage management has already been increased.