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The Minister for Science and Technology Alina Saldanha addressing the gram sabha at the Cansaulim-Arossim-Cuelim village panchayat hall on Sunday

Cansaulim villagers vent ire over grounded pontoon


VASCO: The gram Sabha members of Cansaulim-Cuelim-Arossim village panchayat have unanimously passed a resolution demanding the immediate suspension of Village Panchayat secretary Pradeep Tamhankar as well as initiating a departmental inquiry into the lapses on the role and functioning of the panchayat secretary.

The gram sabha began on a stormy note with the pontoon issue being grounded off Arossim beach.

The gram sabha also condemned the irresponsible behaviour of the sarpanch Filomeno D’Mello, deputy  sarpanch, secretary and other elected panch members who remained absent for the crucial gram sabha meeting without giving a valid reason.

Hosts of other important issues were discussed at the gram Sabha meeting which was chaired by panch member John Fernandes who was selected by the gram sabha members to chair the meeting in the absence of the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch on Sunday.

Most of the points in the agenda of the meeting were adjourned because of the absence of a majority of panch members.

The gram sabha members pointed their fingers at sarpanch D’Mello for issuing permission to organise wedding parties onboard the floating pontoon. The gram sabha members accused a starred hotel for creating a mess in the village.

The Minister for Science and Technology and Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha who was also present for the gram sabha meeting, accused the secretary and said that she would take up the demand of suspension made by villagers before the Panchayat Minister Rajendra Arlekar.

Social activist Dr Marconi Correia proposed three resolutions that were unanimously resolved. He demanded that a complaint be filed with the Director of Panchayats Gurudutt Pilankar and also with the BDO Mormugao Uday Prabhudessai about the continuous absenteeism of the panchayat secretary Tamhankar, besides concealing the records of the panchayat like proceeding books, minutes register and for concealing the data of a bio metric machine installed at the Cansaulim Panchayat office to record the attendance and the timings of entry into the office.

The gram sabha members were of the opinion that villagers should file public interest litigation in the High Court of Bombay at Goa against Competent Automobiles.

A gram sabha member from Arossim had tabled 5 FIRs filed against secretary Tamhankar by villagers of panchayats where he was holding charge before coming to Cansaulim besides a PIL which was filed and judgment to be pronounced by the Bombay High Court Goa bench on April 28. The gram sabha members claimed that the secretary was involved in delaying the construction license of the primary health centre (PHC) at Cansaulim even after the elected body had resolved to grant the construction license.

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