Times of India | 4 months ago | 16-07-2022 | 04:33 am
Porvorim: Opposition members alleged that proper procedure was not followed over the resolution on the linear projects and also on passing the demands for grants in the assembly on Friday. All the opposition members protested outside the assembly after the House was adjourned for the day with coal powder on their foreheads accusing the government of being ‘an agent of coal’. Explaining the issue, former chief minister Digambar Kamat said that after a private member’s resolution is moved, debate takes place and the minister concerned replies. When the question withdrawal of the resolution comes up, the speaker allows division if asked for. On Friday, when division was asked, the House was adjourned. The secretary informed the members that when the House resumes, division will be taken up, Kamat said, pointing out that the House procedure was not followed . But when the House resumed, the next item on the agenda – demands for grants – was taken up, the opposition protested and rushed to the well of the House as the matter of the linear projects resolution had not ended. Slamming the government, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said all the opposition MLAs are united on the issue of coal and alleged that the government didn’t agree to their resolution because it is an agent of the coal lobby. Sardesai also questioned how the financial business—bill to increase state borrowings and demands for grants—was passed without discussion. Strongly condemning what had happened, one of the MLAs who moved the resolution—Quepem MLA Altone D’Costa—said there is no question that coal is directly linked to linear projects. Santa Cruz MLA Rudolf Fernandes also said that all the major projects being executed in Goa are for big corporates and not for the common man.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal organised its unique programme titled Petul on Saturday, November 26 at Main Auditorium of Government College, Quepem. The programme was held in association with Government College, Quepem. Graced by Dr Ashwini Jambhekar (Kulkarni), Director, Audyogik Tantra Shikshan Sanstha, Pune, Jess Fernandes, Senior Writer, Sister Severine Pinto, Headmistress of Holy Cross Convent, Ambaulim and Joydeep Bhattacharjee, Principal of Government College of Quepem. During the function 9 educations institutions from different parts of Quepem, Sanguem talukas namely Sharada English High School, Curchorem, Union High School, Sanguem, New Education Institute, Curchorem, Tiny Tots Primary School, Quepem, Sharada Kala Sadhana, Curchorem, Government Middle School, Ambaulim, Utkarsh High School, Rivona, Sarvodaya Primary School, Curchorem and Holy Cross Institute, Quepem performed on specially choreographed childrens’ songs from ‘Shanni Masti’ at the function. An exhibition of books and CDs produced by Konkani Bhasha Mandal. The President of KBM Anwesha Singbal said that through its multiple events in the state, we have realised that a huge demand for Konkani material exists. The sales of this material and music CDs have shown that people are eagerly seeking material in Konkani for children that is well produced and attractively priced. In the absence of this, they reach for material in English or other languages and do not help children to grow in Konkani."
Colva: Colva police have arrested two residents of Housing Board, Gogol, for their alleged involvement in stealing items from a car.Wasim Sayed and Yasim Shaikh, both in their mid-thirties, broke open a car and decamped with a laptop and mobile chargers, all worth around Rs 80,000.Khaushid Shaikh from Quepem had lodged a complaint of theft against unidentified persons. After checking the CCTV footage from the vicinity, the police managed to identify the accused and nabbed them.Sources said the stolen property is yet to be recovered as one of the accused developed hypertension and had to be admitted to a hospital.
Ponda: Sanjivani sugar factory at Dayanandnagar Tisk in Dharbandora has begun paying the balance 20% compensation amount to its sugarcane farmers. The factory administration said that till Thursday, 133 farmers had been paid a total amount of Rs 54.2 lakh.Over 700 cane farmers are registered with Sanjivani. Of the 133 farmers, 30 are from Quepem, 27 from Sattari, 21 from Sanguem, 15 from Pernem and 39 from Canacona, factory administrator Satej Kamat told TOI.The first instalment of this year’s compensation was distributed in May. The government had sanctioned Rs 7.5 crore for the payment. Kamat said the government has sanctioned a further Rs 3.6 crore to pay the remaining instalment of the compensation. Cane farmers registered under the factory have been getting the compensation amount from the state government under the special assistance scheme to sugarcane cultivators, in lieu of the factory’s closure in 2019. While shutting down the factory, the government had assured farmers that they would receive compensation for five consecutive years, starting from 2020-21 at a rate of Rs 3,000 per metric tonne (MT) of canes for the first year. In the second year they will get Rs 2,800 per MT, Rs 2,600 for the third year, Rs 2,400 for the fourth year and a final Rs 2,200 for the fifth year.
Margao: As a part of its restructuring process, state Congress president Amit Patkar on Tuesday appointed block presidents to its 21 block committees.The new block presidents are Narayan Redkar for Mandrem, Manoj Naik for Bicholim, Shashank Narvekar for Mapusa, Parvati Nagvekar for Siolim, Atul Naik for Saligao, Ashwin De Souza for Aldona, Dnyaneshwar Govekar for Taleigao, Manoj Palkar for St Andre, Mangaldas Naik for Sankhali, Harshad Bhonsle for Priol, William Aguiar for Ponda, Dnyaneshwar Borkar for Marcaim, Vasant Naik for Dabolim, Peter D’Souza for Cortalim, Milagres Fernandes for Curtorim, Anwar Sayyed for Fatorda, Assiz Noronha for Cuncolim, Fransisco Rodrigues for Velim, Avadoot Amonkar for Quepem, Parag Sabnis for Curchorem and Jayesh Patil for Sanvordem, a per a press release. While they will take charge of their posts with immediate effect, the block committees will be constituted after consulting Congress workers of the respective constituencies, the release issued by senior party functionary, M K Shaikh, said.
PANAJI: Water from dams will be released for agriculture activities from November 14 onwards and there will be no shortage of drinking water, said minister for water resources Subhash Shirodkar, on Thursday. He added that two dams will be taken up in Dharbandora and work on them will be started soon. Shirodkar said that water from six dams was usually released by November-end or in December, but when he visited Sanguem and Quepem recently, farmers requested him to release water on time to take up agriculture activities. Stating that the dams have sufficient raw water, Shirodkar said that seven talukas in Goa depend on agriculture and around 8,000 farmers are involved in farming activities. "Post-Covid, Goan youth have taken up agriculture and horticulture," he said. "In February and March, we have to judiciously use water for drinking as the Maharashtra government is likely to take up repair work of the Tillari canal to resolve the breach issue," the WRD minister said, adding that the WRD will store Tillari dam water to avoid shortage to Porvorim.