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Aquem Baixo unanimous on deleting army personnel from the voters’ list

Margao: The Aquem Baixo gram sabha unanimously resolved to delete the names of the army personnel from the village voters’ list for the ensuing panchayat elections and accordingly the Director of Panchayats would be contacted to do the needful.The around 70 villagers demanded that the 662 names of the army personnel be deleted from the voter rolls as they have nothing to do with the village nor are they involved in any manner in the development of the village.The villagers pointed out that the army personnel do not pay any house tax nor are involved in any panchayat activity and hence questioned how could they get the right to decide who should be elected to the panchayat.
It may be recalled that at the army personnel had casted their votes in February assembly elections, which stirred a hornet’s nest with the new MLA Luizinho Faleiro strongly objecting to their enrollment in the voters’ list and had even pointed out that he was not permitted to canvass in the military camp area.The panchayat secretary said that the people sentiments and resolution will be forwarded to the Director of Panchayat for appropriate action.Besides, it was also resolved to refer the matter pertaining to desilting of drains to the Block Development Officer and construction of new drains to the Public Works Department. The demand for additional electricity poles would be referred to the Electricity Department.The gram sabha approved a Rs. 1.72 crore budget for the financial year as around Rs 12 lakh are expected from the 14th Finance Commission and Rs 46.55 lakh to be spent under public works.Significantly, although this was supposed to be the last gram sabha under the present panchayat body, two panchas remained absent. [H]

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