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Frauds At Work

Govt officers must detect fraud in welfare schemes at early stage The state tribal welfare department has taken a serious note of the unusual rise in the number of tribals availing benefit under Matruta Yojana and Antya Sanskar Sahay Yojna. The department provides financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to tribals under the ‘Matruta Yojana’ to enable them to undergo …

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Human Life Is Cheap

Government departments must work together to prevent death on roads THE accident involving several vehicles on the Old-Goa-Ribandar bypass at the Chimbel junction snuffed out the life of a young person on Thursday. Three persons received serious injuries in the accident in which a tanker loaded with bromide waste hit seven other vehicles. The driver of the tanker claimed that …

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Watch The Watchmen

Govt must provide basic amenities to team keeping a watch on Nalini THE members of the surveillance team posted to monitor the stranded naphtha-laden tanker MV Nu-Shi Nalini at the Marivel beach at Dona Paula are working for 24 hours without any basic amenities. They have not been given proper space to sit or stand to discharge their duty. The …

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Boost Organic Farming

An organic agriculture university wouldn’t transform Goan economy THE state government has given approval in principle to the agriculture department’s proposal to set up an organic agriculture university. According to Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar who holds the agriculture portfolio, the idea behind the proposal is to encourage the hinterland talukas of the state, which are predominantly agricultural, to boost …

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Say No To RO

Goa govt must sensitize people on ill-effects of use of RO purifiers MORE and more Goans now prefer to drink safe water, but they have to be careful about what source they are using. Nearly six months ago the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to prohibit the use of reverse …

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Grow More Vegetables

Goan farmers must give up their obsession with paddy IT would be interesting to see how the Goa government manages to keep vegetable supplies to the state sufficient enough to keep prices under control. Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Govind Gaude has suggested to the chairman of Goa State Horticultural Corporation (GSHC) to hold meetings with farmers’ associations in …

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A Looming Disaster

Need for faster decision making on salvaging the ill-fated vessel Even as the naphtha-laden MV Nu-Shi Nalini remains grounded just a few hundred metres off the Marivel beach for the third week, the authorities appear to be at sea. When it ran aground the government promised that agencies would empty its content within two days and ensure that there was …

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Check Air Pollution

Goa must take measures to check fall in air quality A study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has found that Goans are losing 1.5 years of their life expectancy due to prevalence of poor air quality. The study has found that the state government has failed to meet air quality standards of 10 micrograms per …

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Draw Perfect CZMP

Goa govt must address people’s concerns regarding draft CZMP Goa is again likely to miss the November 15 deadline for finalization of Goa Coastal Zone Management Plan set by the National Green Tribunal. The state Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral has sought a meeting with Union Environment and Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar to push for amendments to the …

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Degradation Of Beaches

Take immediate steps to rejuvenate and restore their tourism appeal A World Bank financed study of the coastline in the country has revealed that Goa’s beaches have highest amount of beach debris and plastic litter. The study conducted by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change with the assistance of the Society of Integrated Coastal Management has put beach …

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