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State’s Rotten Apples

Firm action against a few might prepare the ground for deterrence Labour and Employment Minister Rohan Khaunte says over 30 per cent of the state government employees are running side-businesses. He has urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to initiate action against such employees and terminate their services. Khaunte’s statement did not come as a surprise as it is widely known …

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Dwarfed By Politicians

To make youth competitive, Goa needs a subordinate staff selection board IT is an irony that while Goan youth complain of lack of employment opportunities the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) has found that there were few takers for the jobs advertised by it. As far as educational qualifications are concerned, there are many youth who have them, but they …

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FDA On Holiday

Ground reports say no checks of fish trucks at state borders IT is almost a year since doubts first arose about the safety standards of the fish consignments coming to Goa from other states. But the state government has failed to keep its repeated promise to set up a strong quality insurance apparatus. The proposal to set up a ‘state …

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General Category Quota

Lay down clear-cut criteria for identification of EWS THE state government has decided to implement the central law providing for 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category for admission in educational institutions and recruitment for government jobs. The decision will help poorer sections of the ‘upper strata’ among all communities regardless of religion …

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Irksome Power Outages

State government must invest in power distribution network EVEN though the monsoon is expected to arrive in Goa in two days, the electricity department has not completed its pre-monsoon maintenance works in several parts of the state. Several areas including Panaji have been facing power disruptions due to the department’s failure to complete pre-monsoon works. Though there were shutdowns for …

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Goans In Drug Trade

State must mount a sustained campaign to wean Goans away ALTHOUGH drug trade in Goa is an illicit business in which Indians as well as foreigners have been involved, it is the growing involvement of a considerable number of Goans that is causing concern. The data released by the Goa police for the first five months of 2019 has revealed …

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People’s Health At Risk

THE Goa government has taken Goans for granted as far as fish quality is concerned.  It was a year ago when major issues arose over fish brought from other states not being fit for human consumption, but the government has done nothing to guarantee the standards of the consignments coming daily. The state health ministry has been in the denial …

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Saving Coastal Goa

The state must quickly finalise its coastal zone management plan The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) has proposed a 100-metre buffer line from the high tide line (HTL) to landward side in its latest draft coastal zone management plan. The buffer line will allow, between 100 metres and 200 metres from the HTL along the seafront, construction or …

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Job-Skill Mismatch

Skilling is important to get more Goans employed in private sector The state government has formed a special taskforce to formulate a policy for helping Goans get employment in the private sector. In doing so the government has taken the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Small Scale Industries Association, the Tours and Travels Association of Goa, hotel associations …

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Talking Drivers

No fear of police among those talking on phone while driving A bus driver was penalized on Tuesday by the traffic police for using mobile while driving. The driver was caught by an alert passenger on video, a video which reached former MLA Sidharth Kunkalienkar who forwarded it to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who directed the police to act swiftly. …

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