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Indifference to Welfare Of Construction Workers

THE Comptroller and Auditor General’s report tabled in the Assembly last week revealed shocking indifference shown by government in utilizing funds collected from builders for welfare of construction workers. Against a fund of Rs 60 crore the labour department used only Rs 47 lakh over the years, that too for administrative purposes! It is also pathetic to note that the …

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A Question Of Goan Identity

A private member resolution seeking to grant Marathi the status of official language alongside Konkani was passed by the state Assembly last week. The resolution, moved by Naresh Sawal, the independent MLA from Bicholim, who has been highly critical of the government, surprisingly received lavish favour from the treasury benches.

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No Checks on Quality Of GMC Pharmacy Drugs

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report for 2014-15 tabled on the floor of the state Assembly has pointed out that the state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was carrying out testing of drugs and chemicals from the Goa Medical College pharmacy “only occasionally and not regularly,” allowing scope for selling of untested and substandard medicines to the patients. A …

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How to Combat Drug Trafficking in Goa

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar’s candid report to the Assembly that the number of drug peddlers in the state is rising has only confirmed the fears growing in the larger society that drug trafficking is going on unchecked. There was a time when everyone dismissed drug as a problem restricted to a small number of foreign tourists. Then it was discovered …

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Reforming Administrative Machinery of Goa

The state government on Monday tabled the Goa staff selection commission bill in the Assembly to lay down the law for the constitution of a commission for conducting examinations and selecting candidates for subordinate services and posts in government departments and organizations and semi-government bodies.

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Options Other Than Mhadei for Karnataka

The Karnataka government’s decision to take the legal route to seek reversal of the Mhadei River Water Dispute Tribunal’s order denying it the diversion of 7.56 tmcft for the needs of some districts of North Karnataka is wise.

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A Strong Message To Gau Rakshaks

We will have to wait to see the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong denunciation of a majority of “gau rakshaks” (cow protectors) being “anti-social elements.” His annoyance was palpable: “I get so angry at those who have made gau raksha a business. They commit crime by night and wear the gau rakshak mask by the day.” This is …

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The Great Goan Milk Cake

THE Goa government approved and facilitated the entry of Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union (SUMUL) into the state milk sector early this year, and it continues to give it strong backing, as was clear from the responses of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Minister for Co-operation Mahadev Naik in the Assembly on Thursday to a lack of compliance to …

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How You Are Going To Benefit from GST

THE passing of the goods and services tax (GST) bill in the Rajya Sabha is one of the biggest economic reforms since the country launched itself on the road to liberalization in 1991. It had been stuck up for years, partly because of various reservations among states and partly because of differences on some aspects between political parties.

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Gujarat Awaits Modi’s New Gameplan

There remains a little bit of unresolved mystery about why Anandiben Patel, handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his successor in Gujarat, resigned. Usually when a Chief Minister takes a decision to quit it is usually known, if not days ahead, at least hours ahead, by the officers on her staff,

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