Times of India | 1 month ago | 19-05-2022 | 01:57 am
Panaji: In a routine reshuffle, the government on Wednesday transferred over 40 senior scale and junior scale officers. The transfers come just two days after a similar reshuffle of the state’s top bureaucrats. Undersecretary for general administration Shripad Arlekar has now been appointed as the director for health services. Geeta Nagvenkar, who was serving as PWD deputy director has been promoted as PWD director (administration), in place of Ajit Panchwadkar, who has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation. Nagvekar will continue to hold charge as the deputy director at PWD and administrator of communidade central zone. Tushar Harlankar, who was the deputy director of higher education has now been appointed as joint secretary home department. Pravin Volvotkar, the joint director with the IT department and who was posted as the officer on special duty with the commissioner of labour and employment, is now appointed as the director of IT with immediate effect. Additional director at the department of urban development Clen Madeira has been transferred and posted as secretary of Goa Rehabilitation Board. However, he will continue to officiate as additional director at the department of urban development and chief officer of Bicholim Municipal Council. Rohit Kadam, who was deputy commissioner for state taxes, has now been posted as chief officer of Margao Municipal Council. Neha Panvelkar, who was also serving as deputy commissioner for state taxes, has been transferred and appointed as managing director of Goa housing board. Deepesh Priolkar, who is undersecretary to the agriculture minister with additional charge as TCP deputy director, will now serve as the member secretary of the Goa Football Development Corporation along with his existing responsibilities. Deputy registrar of Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi, Pundalik Khorjuekar has been appointed as director of museums. Vishant Gaunekar and Chandresh Kunkalkar, who were serving as deputy commissioners of state taxes, have now been appointed as Goa Education Development Corporation managing director and additional commissioner of state taxes, respectively. Meanwhile, Snehal Goltekar, who was the additional commissioner of state taxes, has been appointed as science and technology director. Margao Municipal Council chief officer Agnelo Fernandes has been moved to the Goa state commission for backward classes as member secretary. Bhushan Savoikar, director of education, will now serve as the secretary at the Goa State Information Commission, replacing Mahadev Araundekar, who heads to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation as the special land acquisition officer. Deputy chief electoral officer Sangeeta Naik has been appointed as the member secretary of the Goa state commission for women. Aside from this, 25 other junior scale officers have been given new or additional responsibilities.
A 300-metre trail of blood led Margao police to the man accused of killing a fellow labourer from Jharkhand.On Saturday morning, a man was found dead in the rear of a pick-up truck parked outside a hotel in Margao; he had suffered multiple, grievous stab wounds on abdomen and chest. While police were initially in a blind spot over identity of the deceased and how he wound up dead inside the vehicle, the puzzle was pieced together with a trail of blood, a dog squad, and CCTV footage.In a matter of hours, Prashant Barnam, 26, who allegedly killed Amit Kirketti, aged about 35, was arrested. A blood trail that stretched from the truck to the spot where the two men had an altercation the previous night was partially wiped out by the pouring rain in Margao’s Khareband area. Superintendent of Police, South Goa, Abhishek Dhania said a police team traced the blood trail backwards. The dog squad of the forensic team helped build back the trail.Police found the victim’s belongings about 300 metres from the truck and identified him. Investigation led police to Barna, also from Jharkhand, who allegedly stabbed Kirketti multiple times after an altercation.After being stabbed, a blood-soaked Kirketti had walked the distance to escape, and got in the parked pick-up truck to hide from Barna, police suspect. He succumbed to injuries inside the vehicle.
Margao: After a gap of two years due to the Covid pandemic restrictions, Lohia Maidan will play host to the Goa Revolution Day function on June 18. President of the 18th June Kranti Din Samiti, Avinash Shirodkar, said that though it has been decided to hold the Kranti Din function at Lohia Maidan on June 18, the beautification work won’t be launched on that day as it’s yet to be completed in all respects. “We have the martyrs memorial, statue of Ram Manohar Lohia and the stage at the Lohia maidan ready. The beautification work will be inaugurated once the other works are fully completed,” Shirodkar said. While the official function to pay tributes to Lohia and the martyrs will be held at Lohia maidan, Margao, on Saturday morning, a function organised by 18th June Kranti Din Samiti will be held in the evening. A number of competitions for school students, as well as felicitation of students who excelled in SSC examination, has been organised on the occasion. Margao MLA Digambar Kamat, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai and chairperson of Margao Municipal Council Lyndon Pereira, would be among the dignitaries who will be present on the occasion, Shirodkar said.
Margao: “This is a new revolution that has started in Chinchinim,” Velim MLA Cruz Silva said at the launch of transplanting of paddy in the fields of Diguem bandh, an exercise in collective farming, on Wednesday. Around 1,70,000 sqm of land, most of which is owned by the comunidade of Chinchinim, that was lying fallow for the last several years, is proposed to be cultivated by villagers. Currently, in the first phase, around 40,000 sqm has been taken up for cultivation. A group of around 40 farmers have come together to form a Chinchinim Farmers Club for the purpose. “Most of the land was lying fallow and uncultivated for over 10 years. Farmers had stopped cultivation primarily owing to non-availability of local labour and the high cost of manual labour. There’s also the problem of cattle descending on the fields in large numbers, even from neighbouring villages, and devouring the produce,” Chinchinim comunidade president Agnelo Furtado said. The farmers club, aided by the agriculture department, intends to adopt mechanised means of farming for cultivation and harvesting, it has said. Zonal agriculture officer, Margao, Shariff Furtado, who was present, urged farmers from other parts of the state to take inspiration from the Chinchinim Farmers Club and opt for collective farming. Besides being eligible to avail of handsome subsidies provided by the agriculture department, collective farming would help in saving time and costs in deploying machines, Furtado said. “As we have small agricultural land holdings, farmers tend to cultivate and harvest paddy at different times. So machines have to be deployed at the same location multiple times. Collective farming would thus benefit farmers in terms of shared costs.” Silva urged the youth to take to mechanised farming and bring barren land under cultivation.
Margao: The beautification work of Lohia Maidan has missed the June 18 deadline, almost. The 18th June Kranti Din Samiti has, however, decided to go ahead with organising Goa Revolution Day at the historic site on June 18, notwithstanding the incomplete status of the beautification project. “There was some delay on the part of the contractor in executing the work, and then some modifications that were suggested added to the delay. However, we are happy with the way the work is in progress and are thankful to the government for providing a facelift to the maidan which was long overdue,” Avinash Shirodkar, president of the Samiti said. The beautification work had courted controversies recently – one, over a wall being built around the power supply transformer erected by the electricity department right inside the compound wall, and the other over a door opening provided right behind the stage. Significantly, despite Lohia Maidan holding a special place in the annals of history, the site doesn’t figure in the list of protected monuments of the state government’s directorate of archives and archeology. It was on June 18, 1946 that Lohia addressed a gathering giving a clarion call for Goans to join the freedom struggle. This led to a revolution that culminated in Goa’s liberation on December 19, 1961. The directorate of archives and archaeology carries out restoration, renovation, refurbishment, beautification of its protected monuments. In a written reply tabled in the House by then minister of archives and archaeology Chandrakant Kavlekar to a question by Margao MLA Digambar Kamat on October 19, 2021, it was informed that the directorate was unaware of any renovation work being carried out at Lohia maidan “as it is not a protected monument.” The renovation work at Lohia Maidan has been under way since the last two years. Kavlekar had also replied in the negative to Kamat’s query whether any action had been taken by the department to secure the martyrs memorial and Lohia’s statue and other items of historical importance at Lohia Maidan. However, a report on the site inspection of five martyrs memorial sites, including Lohia Maidan, carried out by a PWD architect along with an official of department of archives and archaeology in April 2021 was furnished along with the reply. The report said that though Lohia Maidan was in a “fairly well maintained condition, a lot of old stone plaques were seen thrown around near the rear of the compound wall.” “These plaques could be reinstalled in stone pedestals at strategic locations along the terraced edges or as a cluster in a select spot given their due importance and relevance in the history of the city,” the report read. Bust of Bernarda Pires de Silva at Neura, martyrs' memorials at Cuncolim and Assolna, and the Bharatkar Hegde memorial at Quepem were the other site inspections mentioned in the report.
Margao: PWD minister Nilesh Cabral on Sunday told BJP karyakartas from Margao to bring to his notice any hardships faced by them on account of any political reasons and assured to help resolve them. “Consider me as your MLA and bring to my notice any hardships faced by you,” he told party workers when a karyakarta complained to him about instances of “political targeting” in Margao with regards to issues concerning PWD. After his address at the party’s Garib Kalyan programme in Margao to commemorate eight years of the Modi government, Cabral threw open the forum for party workers to raise questions. He assured them of his cooperation in addressing the issues raised by them. Earlier in his address, Cabral said that a significant proportion of the state’s population benefits from the free water scheme of the state government, even as he urged party workers to prevail upon the public to consume water judiciously in order to come under the free water bracket. The Curchorem MLA further said that the fast track infrastructural development being witnessed across the country was made possible on account of “a stable leadership, a determined leadership, and a leadership with a difference” provided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It’s because of Modi’s leadership that India has been able to restore its recognition from big nations. The made in India, made by India and made of India initiatives will lead to the robust growth of India’s economy,” Cabral said. Former deputy chief minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, speaking on the occasion, said that the government was working on the principles of sarvodaya (all round development) and antyodaya (welfare of the last man), and that the various welfare schemes operated by the government reflected its vision for people’s welfare. He informed that 9,200 farmers of Goa recently received their 11th installment of Kissan Sanman Nidhi. BJP general secretary Narendra Sawaikar and Navelim MLA Ulhas Tuyekar also spoke on the occasion