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Sugarcane supply, labour ‘fraud’: oppn MLAs question Govind over failure to act 



The opposition MLAs, on Monday, demanded an action over the alleged sugarcane supply and labour fraud perpetrated by officials of Sanjivani Sugar Factory.

Congress MLAs Ravi Naik and Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco questioned the Co-operation Minister Govind Gaude for not taking action against the particular officials. and allowing the factory to run into loss.

Ponda MLA alleged that despite factory incurring loss, the officials of sugar factory committed a scam of whopping Rs 5.10 crore in appointing a contractor for supply of sugarcane together with labour gangs for harvesting but without getting any delivery of the services, and so making a loss.

While demanding an action against the officials, Congress MLA Reginaldo said that institution is running into loss and still the government has allowed its officers to commit a scam, and no any action is being taken.

NCP MLA Churchill Alemao demanded to shut down the sugarcane factory, and  supply the sugarcane to the neighbouring state of Karnataka.

Reacting to this demand, an independent MLA Prasad Gaonkar threatened to stage protest on the roads of Panaji along with farmers if the government attempts to close down the factory.

He said that “if the factory is shut down,   thousands of farmers will be affected. And, so, instead of closing down the factory, the government should provide a steady flow of water by improving the irrigation system, thereby helping the farmers double the sugarcane yield.”

In response to the proposal moved for the ‘demolition’ of Kala Academy complex,  Opposition Leader Digambar Kamat, Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo and NCP MLA Churchill Alemao strongly objected to the move and demanded with the government to upgrade the facility instead of demolishing the structure.

They also demanded to table technical feasibility report which suggests demolition of the iconic structure.

Kamat said, “We had restored Adil Shah palace, which took us three to four years, to make it a centre for art and culture, and not to house Imagine Panaji’s office,” and asked the Minister to ensure that the palace functions as a hub for art and culture.

He demanded to take Charles Correa Foundation into confidence before taking any decision on Kala Academy complex’s renovation.

While speaking on another demand for conducting an assessment of music teachers appointed in schools, BJP MLA Subhash Shirodkar said that 200-300 schools teachers were appointed to teach music but no performance assessment is conducted to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning which is necessary to bring out the best output.

He suggested to bring a regulation, making it compulsory for schools or colleges to select few students who are interested in taking additional courses under different forms of music and make them prepare for the entrance exams of music colleges or centres.

He also said that there are few private educational institutions which teach music without any government assistance, and hence nominal grants can be given to them.

He further raised the issue of non-functioning of e-POS machines, which is affecting the residents of Sanguem, Dharbandora and Shiroda

These residents are not getting the ration quota through electronic point of sale or e-PoS machines, and the problem needs to resolved, he added.

Congress MLA Aleixo Reginald said that e-POS machines have no internet connection, making it difficult for households to collect ration quota.

While speaking on the demand on Civil Supplies Department, Opposition Leader Digambar Kamat demanded that the procedure of making separate ration card and adding new names to the card needed to be simplified.

He also sought clarification on whether the government intends to discontinue with the running of fair price shops in the absence of pulses and other commodities, and the lack of  support price given to them.

He also enquired about the implementation of the scheme for controlling the price rise and demanded to review it.

The ruling MLA Dayanand Sopte also spoke on the issue. He said that the department of civil supplies should come with a circular allowing people to lift the ration quota up to 15th of every month.

NCP MLA Churchill Alemao enquired about the pilferage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) that had happened in Benaulim, and sought action against those involved in the illegality.

Speaking on the State Co-operative Act, the opposition MLA Ravi Naik said that the state government needs to amend the Act on the lines of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, 1960 to introduce a new election procedure for the co-operative housing societies allowing the societies having upto 200 members to conduct election without approaching the registrar.

He further demanded to amend the bye-laws of State Co-operative Banks Act by removing the dividend clause, which is linked to the performance of the societies, and prevents them from filing nominations for society election.

He said that there are many large companies which have not paid dividend for years, and hence it is injustice on them to judge their performance based on dividend distribution.

He urged the chief minister to take over two co-operative banks, which are on the verge of liquidation.

“If the officials of these banks have done wrong then take action against them and take over the banks to save the people,” he added. 

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