Bicholim: Mayem villagers, on Sunday, raised strong opposition to village panchayat issuing licences to start new bars in the village. They demanded that panchayat should close down all the illegal bars in the village.
Women, who were present in large numbers for the meeting, stressed on this demand, which received support from most of the ex-and sitting panch members.
The gram sabha was held at the panchayat hall.
Sarpanch Kunda Mandrekar presided over the gram sabha. Deputy sarpanch Vishwas Chodankar, panch members Santosh Gadekar, Krishna Parab, Vineeta Gaonkar, Namita Tari, Premendra Shet, Vijay Pole, and Tulshidas Chodankar and panchayat secretary Mahadev Naik were present for the meeting.
Some youth opined that panchayat should issue licences for starting new bars.
“If all legal formalities are completed then licences can be issued,” replied sarpanch Mandrekar.
Her opinion was supported by ex- sarpanch Subhash Kinalkar.
The villagers also made a demand to start a new Bal Bhavan as the students have to go all the way to the Bicholim town.
The Bal Bhavan which was functioning at Haturli was closed due to some reasons.
It was decided to lodge a complaint with the Vigilance Department over the encroachment by a local at Deus – Bhatwadi, in survey no 157/5.
The other issues that were raised included replacement of water pipeline from Ardhawada to Poira, new water tank at Haldanwadi, awareness on Deendayal Swasthya Yojana, rooms given on rent to non-Goans, and transport arrangement for students.
Ex-panch Kashinath Mayekar, Sakharam Pednekar, Sarvesh Talvankar, Ashok Gaonkar, Subhash Kinalkar, Subhash Naik, Ashok Ghatwal, Ulhas Salgaonkar and others participated in the discussions.