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Establishing A Regime Of Fair Taxi Business

The state government has decided to implement the Bombay High Court directive making installation of digital fare meters mandatory for all taxis. The government needs to ensure that Goans as well as tourists get good modes of transport at affordable rates. There is a growing demand for lifting moratorium on rent-a-car approvals. The transport department proposes to undertake an ‘impact …

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Shutting Out Unpleasant Voices In Gram Sabhas

The Panchayati raj aims to devolve power to the people. However, in a circular issued last week, the state panchayat director has directed sarpanchas and panchayat secretaries not to allow discussion under ‘any other subject with the permission of chair’ during gram sabhas.

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Pollution-Free Goa Can Attract More Tourists

Goa can attract more tourists if it is absolutely clean. The irony so far has been that tourism growth has added to the state’s generation of waste and pollution. Tourist arrivals in Goa stood at over 63 lakh in 2016 as against only 7.75 lakh in the mid-1980s when tourism picked up in the state.

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No Control Yet On Land Conversions

While the state government has failed to finalise a Regional Plan for almost two decades, it has been very quick in setting up planning and development authorities (PDAs).  The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Board has given approval for creation of two PDAs in North Goa – first, Greater Panaji PDA, which is to be carved out of the existing …

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Govt Should Be For Development Of All

CHIEF Minister Manohar Parrikar has assured the ruling legislators that the government will sanction Rs 25 crore each for undertaking plan and non-plan works through the public works department (PWD) in their constituencies by March 2018.

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Speed Breakers With Faulty, Unsafe Design

THE public works department (PWD) authorities have admitted that 85 per cent of speed breakers, rumblers and humps erected along the National and State Highways in the state do not comply with scientific specifications. They have accepted the fact that unscientifically designed speed limiting structures have been the cause of several accidents. Why did the PWD continue with unscientifically designed …

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Aadhaar Data Unsafe With Government

THE Centre is pushing for making Aadhaar-based identification mandatory for almost all purposes – government benefits, phone connections, banking, licences and so on.

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Goa’s Co-operative Sector Facing Existential Crisis

POWER Minister Pandurang Madkaikar has emphasized the need for reinvigorating the co-operative sector in Goa, suggesting that the state should have its own policy for the co-operative sector. Similar sentiments were expressed by former Union law minister Ramakant Khalap who has been very active in the co-operative sector. Madkaikar has gone on to acknowledge that the co-operative sector in Goa …

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Clean Up Mess In Housing Sector

JAGDISH RATTANANI Drive past any major road in Mumbai and it is impossible to miss the empty shells that stand where apartments, often of the luxury variety, were meant to come up long ago.

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