Time bound delivery service from next month in Goa

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  • April 23, 2017

Goa government will start implementing the time bound delivery service act by next month, Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte has said.

The otherwise delay in issuing residential certificates, caste certificates, property certificates, etc is soon to be a thing of the past with its implementation while the department will also crack down on corrupt staffers at all taluka and District collectors’ offices.

“Its time to get serious at work. We are a department that directly deals with the public and timely delivery of services to the common man is our priority. I will not tolerate any nonsense in the offices under my…

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Six BJP MLAs ready to sacrifice their seat for their ‘bhai’

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  • April 22, 2017

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seems to have several options before him to contest the upcoming by-elections, with as many as six BJP legislators offering to quit, making way for their ‘bhai’. The State will be going for by-polls within next five months.

Parrikar, who stepped down as the Union Defence Minister last month and subsequently resigned as the Rajya Sabha member, has to get himself re-elected in the Goa Assembly elections within five months from now. The Chief Minister has been the uncrowned king of Panjim constituency for over two decades- before he surrendered it to his close aid…

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Government does not have the choice to fix the date after the expiry of the term of Panchayat: Timble

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  • April 21, 2017

The State Election Commission is duty bound to conduct timely elections to Panchayats and it cannot abdicate this statutory and Constitutional obligation says Prabhakar Timble, former State Election Commissioner of Goa.

His comment comes in view of the declaration of Panchayat elections on 25th June.

He further said that SEC should immediately approach the Governor, the authority charged to defend the law and the Constitution and if required move the High Court for directions to guard its independence and commitment.

It is true that the power to fix the date of Panchayat polls lies with the Goa government in consultation with the…

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Congress opposes dates for Panchayat polls

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A day after State government announced to hold panchayat elections on June 25, the Congress party protested against postponement of the polls- which were suppose to be held in mid-May.

In a representation submitted to the State Election Commission, Congress state President Luizinho Faleiro has accused BJP-led coalition government of trying to “manipulate the tenets of democracy” by putting off elections.

“These elections should not be postponed to June since the month marks the start of monsoon and thus will make it difficult for prospective voters to participate in the electoral process,” Faleiro said in a letter to the commission.


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Panchayat elections on June 25

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  • April 20, 2017

Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the elections for all the 186 panchayat bodies would be held on June 25, though the five year tenure of all the bodies would end on May 20.

“The elections for the panchayat bodies would be held on June 25. We have also decided to reduce the canvassing period from 15 to 10 days,” Parrikar told reporters yesterday.

Parrikar said the number of days for code of conduct would be only 20-22 days prior to the polling.

While state election commission had initially decided to hold polls by May end, Parrikar said…

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Vishwajit Rane gets going; first to incubate ‘108’ ambulances

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Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has decided to first treat ailing 108 ambulance service in the State which was introduced by him during his earlier tenure.

The service which was known for saving hundreds of life is now in shambles which has evoked strong reaction from the minister. He has asked the management officials to be changed along with little more tweaking in the staff pattern.

Four days old Health Minister in Manohar Parrikar led cabinet has decided to also get day to day report about the ambulances. In addition, more vehicles would be purchased by May 15.

“The ambulances will be…

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Common Minimum Programme to be launched before Statehood Day

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The BJP-led coalition government has zeroed upon ‘sab ka sath sab ka vikas with Goenkarpon’ as their slogan for its Common Minimum Programme (CMP) – the process to draft which has begun on Wednesday.

With a focus on providing ‘sensitive’ and ‘responsible’ government to the people of Goa, the coalition government comprising of- BJP, MGP, Goa Forward Party (GFP) and independent MLAs is committed towards ‘preserving Goa’s identity with sabka sath sabka vikas’.

The first-ever meeting on CMP, chaired by Parrikar, remained inconclusive but the coalition partners unanimously agreed to withdraw the amendment to the controversial Tree Preservation Act – that declassified…

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Susegad! Wait for new regional plan to be longer now

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Panaji: It is now confirmed that the finalisation and implementation of the much awaited and long pending Regional Plan 2021 (RP21) will be delayed further, with State government now toying up with the new concept of incentivising the efforts to retain the old houses or green patches in the State as part of the land use plan.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday afternoon chaired the first meeting on way forward for RP21. The meeting was attended by TCP Minister Vijay Sardesai, officials and members of State Level Steering Committee on RP.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Sardesai said that there…

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Parrikar and his cabinet gives up red beacon on official cars

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  • April 19, 2017

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today gave away red beacon from his official car, while asking all the cabinet ministers to also follow him.

“The Chief minister has removed red beacon from his official car. The instructions are also issued to all the cabinet ministers to remove it from their official car,” a senior official from chief minister’s office said.

Union cabinet on Wednesday has decided to ban the use of red beacon atop vehicles of dignitaries and government officials, including the Prime Minister and the President.

“I believe that VIP culture has to be reduced. Except for PM and the President there is…

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Silent Revolution at the Grassroots

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Today there is growing consensus that women must play a greater role in the political affairs of the country. They have to be involved in the decision making processes of the government at various levels.

A major breakthrough was made through the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India in 1992 which introduced 33 percent reservation for women at grassroots levels (Panchayati Raj Institutions). Article 243 (D) also provided that not less than one third of the total number of seats for the offices of the Chairpersons (Sarpanch) at each level would be reserved for women. Different states across the…

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