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Missing documents, sports funds mar Sangolda gram sabha

Sangolda: Issues of documents allegedly going missing from the village panchayat office, widening of CHOGM road and plan to make water harvesting mandatory for mega housing projects dominated the Sangolda gram sabha held in the panchayat ghar at Sangolda on Sunday.

There was ruckus at the gram sabha with villagers seeking to know how a document of professional tax was taken out of the panchayat office without any villager seeking it under RTI act and was produced before the gram sabha.

The villagers also questioned the panchayat secretary Pooja Gawas and asked why a police complaint was not filed in this regard.

Sangolda sarpanch Avinesh Naik disclosed that the original documents are in the panchayat office and the document produced before the gram sabha was just a Xerox copy. He also said that a police complaint was already filed in the matter.

Villagers also alleged that sports funds allocated to the panchayat was siphoned and asked the secretary to file a complaint at the Saligao police station against a villager Washington Pereira.

Sarpanch Naik said that he is unaware and will inquire as to how the money was taken. The villagers, who were not happy, sought filing of a police complaint.

The villagers also resolved in favour of widening of the CHOGM road. A villager Joseph Furtado told the gram sabha that at Porvorim the road is widened but some gaddas and vehicles are parked. He stressed on having a road divider to avoid accidents as tourists travelling to the beach belt drive in rash manner. Some villagers demanded providing footpath along the CHOGM road.

Joe Rodrigues raised the issue of making water harvesting mandatory for big complexes coming up in the village. As per the plan, complexes with over 20 flats need to make provision of water conservation and the panchayat should inspect such complexes before giving them occupancy certificate, he added.

The villagers also said that the 20-odd quarries in Alto Bella Vista area that are filled with mud needs to be de-silted and the Sangolda communidade should take up the work. Villagers also said that the Sangolda spring needs to be beautified and water could be conserved in keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter.  The villagers requested the panch members to inspect works being carried out in their respective wards and see to it that it is properly executed. The sarpanch told the gram sabha that most of the contractors’ payments are held back and if villages come across any shortcomings, they should bring it to the panchayat’s notice.  Alex raised the issue of transformer at Auchit Waddo as the electricity fluctuates most of the time. The panchayat secretary Pooja Gawas read out the budget for the year 2019 to 2020 under which a provision of Rs 1.05 crore as income and Rs 1.02 crore as expenditure is made.

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