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Nuvem gram sabha approves incomplete budget

Margao: The Nuvem gram sabha on Sunday discussed various issues affecting the village including a flyover and approved an incomplete budget in the absence of three panchas including MLA Wilfred D’Sa’s wife Three panchas including Freeda D’Sa remained absent for the gram sabha as they did not submit a leave of absence for the meeting.As some members raised their opposition to the budget being discussed without following the proper procedures as they were not provided with a budget copy, the secretary arranged for photocopies of the same to be given to them.However, the villagers failed to notice that the actual expenditure for 2015-16 or 2016-17 was not provided due to which the actual performance of the panchayat vis-à-vis tax collection or expenditure could not be assessed.
A little over 100 persons present for the gram sabha discussed various issues such as destruction of the water bodies with regards to the Western Bypass passing through the village. Villagers took up the issue and demanded that the Western Bypass be constructed on stilts or a flyover be constructed instead.At least two villagers referred to the media reports and questioned as to why a highway on stilts as promised to Navelim cannot be constructed in Nuvem. Besides it was also resolved that the River Sal be desilted properly along with proper maintenance of all other water bodies.Social activist Zarina D’Cunha argued that there was no scope for a playground in the village when the villagers’ very livelihood was under threat as they cannot cultivate their fields.
Some villagers, specially the youngsters were demanding that since a fellow villager was elected as an MLA for the first time, he be prevailed upon to provide a playground for the village along with the club house. It was decided to convert the old panchayat premises into a club house.The gram sabha also resolved to oppose the proposed coal terminus at Mormugao Port as it would destroy Goa’s environment.While some demanded that the panchayat elections scheduled in May 2017 should not be postponed the others wanted the regional plan as and when sent to the panchayat to be in accordance with the plan prepared by the village committee.Chairman of the Biodiversity Committee Jose Roque Andrade urged that the bundhs be closed as per the schedule prepared by the comunidades earlier so that the water levels in the village are maintained.The members alleged that water in excess to what is permitted is being smuggled out of the village to the detriment of the villagers as the water table is depleting fast. [H]

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