Thursday , 23 May 2019

Seraulim panchayat opposed to MLAs getting treatment abroad

SERAULIM: The Seraulim panchayat on Sunday resolved to write to the government demanding that the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) take medical treatment at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim as it has dedicated and capable staff and not burden the state by taking treatment in other countries which is expensive.

The decision was unanimously approved by members of the gram sabha who expressed concern and worry at the amount that is being spent on medical treatments of several MLAs.

Citing the case of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and BJP’s Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, villagers said that it is wrong on the part of the government to send MLAs outside the state for treatment when there were capable doctors in the state.

“There was only one proposal we received for today’s gram sabha that MLAs should get treated here and not burden the exchequer and people of Goa with hefty expenses incurred in foreign countries especially when we have good doctors at GMC,” said Seraulim sarpanch Domingo Fernandes.

Discussions at the gram sabha also revolved around garbage in the village and the need to have a designated site for segregating the waste that is generated in the village on a daily basis.

The panchayat has also decided to ban the use of polythene bags in shops, establishments and general use in the village and will be putting a ban from January 1. Panch members, however, said they have already started creating awareness about the ban and are encouraging vendors and businesses not to use polythene bags but instead to use paper bags.

“We have decided to put a ban in place on January 1, 2019 for which we have started creating awareness in our wards. In keeping with the laws, if a vendor is found using polythene bags, he will be given a first warning, after which he will be fined and if caught a third time, the licence will be suspended,” said panch member Kevin D’Souza.

The panchayat is also encouraging the use of paper bags made by self-help groups within the village itself.