Navhind Times | 4 months ago | 26-01-2022 | 01:57 am
Panaji : Collector Ajit Roy, IAS on Tuesday said that in the election exercise a voter occupies a central place.“I request everyone to go back in history andsee why 25th January was chosen as National Voters’ Day; you will realise that the concept of Republic voters comes firstso before the Republic you have to have the voters’ day. In the election exercise, a voter occupies a central place,” he said.The 12th national Voters Day was celebrated by the office of District Election Officer, North Goa at Institute Menezes Braganza in Panaji.Collector and DEO (North) Ajit Roy was the chief guest for the function. Additional Collector – I Gopal Parsekar,Additional Collector – II Mamu Hage IAS and Nodal Officer for SVEEP Dr. Gervasio F.L. Mendes were also present on the occasion.Speaking on upcoming election management, Roy said the preparation at polling stations is done keeping voters in focal point and provisions have been made for basic facilities like water, light, walking ramp for those voters who may need assistance in accessing polling stations.The polling stations will be fully sanitised and have sanitisers, masks, etc., available, he said, urging the people to motivate everybody to follow the COVID-appropriate behaviour.The function began with lighting of the traditional lamp which was followed by a welcome address by Dr. Gervasio F.L. Mendes.Roy felicitated Madhu Gupta, a transgender who has encouraged other transgenders to leave a life with dignity; Dr. Geeta Kakokdar for her contribution to get done the voters ID, ration card and Aadhaar card for commercial sex workers and transgenders and Rajeshree Khandeparkar for making seed balls, plants sampling and distributing them to NGOs and other social organisations. Election officials from various constituencies from North Goa were also felicitated on the occasion.Award for best Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) was given to Sneha Gitte IAS,Tivim constituency; while the award for best Assistant Electoral Registration Officer (AERO) was given to Krishna Gawas, Tivim Constituency. Award for best Booth Level Officer (BLO) went to Krishna Kankonkar.The three initiatives undertaken by the office of District Election Officer, North Goafor voter awareness are: a thoughtfully designed mask which has a QR code on it to communicate grievances; second initiative is the WhatsApp stickers which publiccan use to promote voter awareness and the third one is the song composed by Urvashi Naik, Balchandra Chopdekar and the students of Government College Sanquelim keeping in mind the right to vote concept.
Panaji: The Electricity Employees Union, Goa, presented a memorandum to regularise 323 contract line helpers to power minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar on Thursday. The delegation was headed by R D Mangeshkar, deputy general secretary All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and general secretary of Electricity Employees Union, Goa, working president Carlos Faleiro, secretary Abel Desilva, and vice-president Pravin Palyelar. The power minister assured the delegation that he would look into the issue positively and resolve it. The union held a meeting of 165 line helpers on Sunday where it was decided to meet authorities to demand regularisation for the 323 line helpers working in the department for more than five years. The chief minister had assured the workers regularisation before the election but the issue has been on hold since.
Panaji: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has dismissed an application by activist Kashinath Shetye, who had said in his plea that holding activities and festivals on D B Bandodkar Ground along the Mandovi in Panaji, was violating CRZ norms. The tribunal rejected the appellant’s arguments and said that there is no case for interference by it. “Holding of festivals has been allowed in CRZ area which will result in damaging the mangroves and filling of salt pans and streams. The D B Bandokar Ground is identified as a playing ground in CRZ-II, as per the 2011 CRZ Notification,” the applicant told NGT. The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) said that as the area is a CRZ-II region, such activities are allowed on the ground. “It being admitted that the area in question is in CRZ-II, there is no prohibition for the activity in question. We also do not find any violation of the order of this tribunal dated July 22, 2016. The said orders (of GCZMA) do not in any manner record any specific finding about the violations alleged. Rather, the said orders only direct that there should be no violation of the CRZ Notification. Thus, no case is made out for interference by the tribunal,” the NGT said. The GCZMA told the NGT that in April 2017, it had carried out a site inspection and only then disposed of a complaint about use of the ground. “The said area is actually an existing football ground which is utilised frequently for various sporting activities and that the conduct of the event is in an area outside the no-development zone. In view of the same, the authority has arrived at a conclusion that NOC/permission from it was not required for the conduct of the said event,” the GCZMA had held.
Panaji: There was outrage at Bhatlem, Panaji, on Thursday afternoon after a 52-year-old man kept two minor girls locked up in his store and allegedly molested them. A native of UP, Tanvir Ahmed, who runs a shop in Bhatlem, was accused of pulling the two minor girls inside and locking the store up, sending the girls’ families helter-skelter in search for them. The families raised an alarm in the area, which led to many locals gathering at the spot. Suspecting Ahmed, the locals began beating at his store doors, but he refused to open it. Police were called in who helped rescue the two minor girls. The accused has been arrested and booked under various sections of the Pocso Act and Goa Children’s Act.
Panaji: Appreciating the fisheries department’s decision to amend recruitment rules and make Konkani compulsory for the posts of 24 sagar mitras, Goa Forward Party (GFP) said that other departments need to adhere to the norm and make Konkani compulsory for all future recruitment. GFP environment cell convenor Vikas Bhagat said that the failure to give Konkani importance in the recruitment process will lead to protests. “We will watch to make sure that every post that is advertised in the coming days requires the applicant to know Konkani. And if the government or the department makes a mistake, we will be there to protest,” said Bhagat. After GFP MLA Vijai Sardesai flagged the issue, the fisheries department issued a corrigendum making fluency in Konkani a criteria for the 24 posts. The job interviews, which were scheduled to be held on Thursday, were cancelled and rescheduled to the first week of June. “We will be keeping a close watch on all posts that are being advertised. Our students’ wing will be keeping a close eye on government recruitments,” said Bhagat. Bhagat also said that some part of the interview should be held in Konkani in order to weed out candidates who claim to know Konkani and who produce fake certificates to back their claim.
Ponda: Though 18 people in Ponda are suspected to be suffering from dengue, the health authorities have denied an outbreak of the fever in Ponda. Ponda health officer Dr Smita Parsekar said people need not panic as all the cases are only suspected. Directorate of health services’ (DHS) nodal officer for vector borne diseases, Dr Kalpana Mahatme, has also confirmed that there is no outbreak of dengue fever in the area. “The maximum number of fever cases were reported from Dattagad Bethora. All patients are now cured,” Parsekar said. “Altogether 18 suspected cases were found in April and May. Now the cases are decreasing and no new case has been reported in the last four to five days,” she said. Parsekar attributed the decline to the quick and vigorous action taken by the Ponda health centre, including source reduction drives, education and counselling, awareness and on-field inspection. “We are taking all precautionary measures and we urge residents to cooperate with us to prevent an outbreak. People also need to be careful and should not allow water stagnation,” she said. A total of five public health centres — Ponda, Usgao, Betki, Shiroda and Marcaim — come under the Ponda block of the health services department. Meanwhile, at a recent meeting convened by the health minister Vishwajit Rane at Altinho, Panaji, a decision was taken that all municipal councils should initiate dengue prevention measures such as fogging in areas under their jurisdiction.