Margao: Raising a deep concern over the increase of migrants in the village, the villagers of Raia resolved to have a detailed survey of the migrants put up in rented rooms and that a special gram sabha will be conveyed within a month.
Rosario Fernandes, Anthony Barbosa, Xavier Fernandes, Manuel Barbosa, Peter Quadros and several other villagers pointed out that a room which is rented for two was seen occupied by 15 plus migrants at night and that there is no check on them.
“The locals are scared to roam during the night. We appeal to the panchayat to do something,’’ the villagers demanded.
Taking part in the discussion, the former sarpanch Xavier Fernandes urged the sarpanch Esmeralda Gomes to prepare guidelines to the owners who rent out their rooms to migrants.
Arlem residents pointed out that a lot of migrants are staying in the Arlem Communidade land and that the former panchayat body had even given a house number to the open space at these areas, which encouraged more migrants to settle at the site. He also stated that under the section A of the Goa Panchayati Raj Act, a one month rent has to be given to the panchayat, which the panchayat has to collect. It was later collectively decided to hold a special gram sabha on the issue within a month.
A resolution was taken to write to the Minister for Waste management, Michael Lobo to accept the Raia village waste at the Sonsoddo plant as and when the government takes charge of the waste plant. Sarpanch Gomes who controlled the gram sabha well, agreed to it after couple of villagers said that they had spoken to Minister Lobo when the latter had visited the Sonsoddo site.
It was also resolved to penalise those who use plastic and dump their waste in the open areas of the village.
The members of the gram sabha expressed deep fear over the increasing drug menace in the village areas and the sarpanch promised to write to the police.