Times of India | 8 months ago | 22-09-2022 | 09:40 pm
PANAJI: Revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate on Wednesday said that he has received legal opinion from a senior advocate, and as per the opinion the state government cannot interfere into the comunidade land being given to Zuari Agro Chemicals Ltd (ZACL). He said that Zuari Agro has got the ownership right through different court orders. “The government will not be able to interfere into it,” Monserrate said. “We have got the legal opinion and it says that they have got earlier orders from various courts during previous governments. It looks like that they had support from the previous government. We will not be able to do anything,” the minister said. “I will place the opinion on the floor of the House. We have taken opinion from a senior advocate who is well-versed with comunidade laws. If anyone has any doubt, private party or MLA, can challenge that opinion. Tomorrow nobody should not say that we have done something. As per legal opinion, the government cannot do anything.” In the monsoon session of the legislative assembly, Monserrate had told the House that the government would take action with regards to the comunidade land being given to Zuari Agro after it receives legal opinion on the issue, leading to independent MLA Antonio Vas to withdraw his private member’s resolution.
PANAJI: CM Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that drunken driving and indiscipline on roads are some of the reasons for the increase in accidents. He added that the Goa police traffic cell, transport department and PWD are holding meetings and will chalk out a plan to reduce accidents.Sawant pointed out that the vehicle population has increased compared to the state population. "There are three reasons for the increase in accidents. These include people not following rules, drunken driving, rash and negligence driving among others," he said. The chief minister added that people should cooperate with the authorities, and this will help reduce the frequency of road accidents.In 2020, the vehicle population was 14.5 lakh vehicles, in 2021, it was 14.9 lakh and in 2022 it climbed to 15.4 lakh, but the infrastructure more or less stayed the same. Police said that looking at 2020-21 and 2021-2022, there has been a 3% increase in vehicle population, but the infrastructure hasn't changed much.It has been found that two-thirds of the people who died in road accidents in 2022 were linked to two-wheelers. The state witnessed an almost 9% rise in road accidents during the year.In 2022, 3,011 road accidents were reported, of which 253 were fatal, wherein 271 succumbed to injuries. A total number of 181 persons on two-wheelers died in accidents while 51 pedestrians lost their lives.In 2021, 2,849 accidents were reported, of which 218 were fatal. Almost 226 people lost their lives. A total number of 152 persons on two-wheelers died while 36 pedestrians were killed.The highest number of accidents in North Goa was reported in the jurisdiction of Panaji, Mapusa and Porvorim police stations areas. In South Goa, the highest number of accidents were reported in Ponda, Verna and Vasco police station areas.State witnessed 9% rise in road accidents in 2022In 2020, the vehicle population was 14.5 lakh vehicles, in 2021, it was 14.9 lakh and in 2022 it climbed to 15.4 lakh, but the infrastructure more or less stayed the same. Police said that looking at 2020-21 and 2021-2022, there has been a 3% increase in vehicle population, but the infrastructure hasn't changed much.It has been found that two-thirds of the people who died in road accidents in 2022 were linked to two-wheelers. The state witnessed an almost 9% rise in road accidents during the year.In 2022, 3,011 road accidents were reported, of which 253 were fatal, wherein 271 succumbed to injuries. A total number of 181 persons on two-wheelers died in accidents while 51 pedestrians lost their lives.In 2021, 2,849 accidents were reported, of which 218 were fatal. Almost 226 people lost their lives. A total number of 152 persons on two-wheelers died while 36 pedestrians were killed.The highest number of accidents in North Goa was reported in the jurisdiction of Panaji, Mapusa and Porvorim police stations areas. In South Goa, the highest number of accidents were reported in Ponda, Verna and Vasco police station areas.
PANAJI: In a bid to put Goa on the global education map, the state government intends to open its arms to higher education in the state by collaborating with world class universities, said CM Pramod Sawant. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the QS India Summit 2023 in Goa on Tuesday.The state is in talks with various stakeholders to set up a national design institute, national sports academy, marine technical academy, and few language institutions. "We are also focusing on having research and development in waste management, which will not only help the state with zero wastage, but also be a changemaker for the rest of the country," Sawant said.He further said that Goa wants to "bring internationalisation in its education". He pointed out that the directorate of international cooperation and exchange looks after the internationalisation strategy at Goa University.
PANAJI: Following a hue and cry over the increased number of road accidents in the state, Goa police have started deploying plain-clothes personnel at various locations on Tuesday. These police personnel will take photographs of those violating traffic rules and fine them. Police caught 145 traffic violators on day one.Plain-clothes police personnel are being deployed to ensure that violators do not attempt to escape looking at a policeman in uniform, said deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Jivba Dalvi. “Whenever people see a policeman in uniform, they either try to overspeed or they take another route to escape being caught.” He said that among the violations observed were the failure to wear helmets or seat belts and riding triple seat, adding that helmets can prevent fatalities and major head injuries.“To overcome such practices, we have deployed plain-clothes policemen at all police stations in the Mapusa Sub division, which covers the jurisdiction of the Mapusa, Anjuna and Colvale police stations. The police personnel have been directed to click the photographs of violators,” said Dalvi.Police personnel have been asked to submit their reports, which will be forwarded for the issuing of challans.
Panaji: The state cabinet on Tuesday granted its approval to issue the Goa Regularisation of Unauthorised Construction (Amendment) Ordinance, 2023, to save certain unauthorised constructions carried out prior to February 28, 2014, from demolition pursuant to a court order. The ordinance will stop authorised officers from rejecting applications for regularisation of unauthorised structures on the grounds that the applicant does not have the consent of the co-owner of the house despite the property or land already being legally divided. “As the existing provision of the act does not make clear distinction between dispute as to that of title/ownership of a property/land or otherwise, the authorised officers do not entertain applications for regularisation of unauthorised construction or proceed with regularisation process of unauthorised construction, even where the title or ownership of any property/land upon which the unauthorised construction has been carried out is not the subject matter of a dispute before any court, authority or tribunal, among others,” the cabinet note stated.The provisions contained in sub-section (8) of Section 3 of the act override the Goa Land Revenue Code, 1968 (Act No 9 of 1969, the Goa Town and Country Planning Act, 1974 (Act No 21 of 1975), the City of Panaji Corporation Act, 2002 (Goa Act 1 of 2003), the Goa Municipalities Act, 1968 (Act No 7 of 1969), the Goa Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (Goa Act No 14 of 1994), the Goa (Regulation of Land Development and Building Construction) Act, 2008 (Goa Act 6 of 2008) and any other state law that regulates construction in the state, and the rules, regulations, bylaws, notifications and orders issued under them.
Panaji: The state government has decided to offer advance salary to its employees based on earned wages. Salary paid in advance will be adjusted with the final pay the employee receives at the end of the month. To this end, the cabinet has approved the execution of an MoU with Bengaluru-based firm Refyne Tech Pvt Ltd to provide government employees access to their earned wages. The company has developed a platform called ‘earned wage access’ that aims to provide immediate liquidity to employees in the form of salary proportional to the number of days worked. At the end of the month, the same amount and a transaction fee will be debited from the employee’s salary.Refyne Tech will also allow users to save a part of their salary as digital gold, which will help them build a corpus and even borrow against the digital gold.“The company allows uninterrupted access to financial liquidity and power to pay in 30 seconds. If users build their Refyne score over a period of time, typically after nine months, they can avail education, home and car loans at better rates than those available in the open market or those offered by banks that only take a borrower’s CIBIL score into account,” the cabinet note stated.A senior official said that the company approached the state government seeking to improve the financial health of employees and to introduce India’s first on-demand, real-time salary platform.