Quelossim gram sabha upset over Mini India project, NOC revoked

16 Feb 2020 06:57 PM

Quelossim gramsabha held on Sunday was up in arms over the Mini India Project. The Sarpanch and the Dy Sarpanch accused the panchayat secretary of granting an NOC to the Mini India project without informing the Panchayat. Finally, the Quelossim Panchayat revoked the NOC. It also resolved not to issue any more NOCs without informing gram sabha members.

Ironically, the Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godhino backed the secretary saying that he had acted as per the law.

During the gram sabha Quelossim sarpanch Maria Souza and Dy Sarpanch Sebastian Serrao had accused the secretary Narayan Azgaonkar of issuing an NOC to the project without consulting them.

However, secretary said that he had acted on a memorandum from the Deputy Director of Panchayats and his action was legal.

Villagers also accused local MLA Alina Saldhana of not handling this issue properly.

Meanwhile, Panchayats Minister Mauvin Godinho spoke on the issue.

He supported the act of secretary calling it legal. Instead he questioned Panchayat, why members didn't met him on this issue.   

Reporter: HIru Mahale | Desk: Sameep Narvekar

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