Avertano Furtado assures to help South Goa zilla panchayat

MARGAO: Fisheries minister and Navelim MLA Avertano Furtado gave assurances to South Goa zilla panchayat (ZP) members that he would bring forward their grievances to the various government departments concerned and see to it that their demands were met.

Furtado was chief guest at a function organized by the South Goa ZP at its Arlem office on Thursday and was present in place of the panchayat minister who couldn't attend the function and to take a view of all the problems facing the ZPs.

"We have asked for a sanction of a development grant of 50 lakh as general funds to each member for the implementation of the subjects assigned in the Panchayat Raj Act. Also, a requirement of additional grant of Rs 50 lakh under octroi to each member for the rural infrastructure development works," said South Goa ZP chairperson Nelly Rodrigues, who submitted a memorandum on behalf of the ZP members to Furtado.

Also, with the aim of avoiding duplication of works, they demanded that the director of panchayats (DoP) make it mandatory for panchayats to invite ZP members at gram sabhas to know works proposed and that a list of works executed should also be sent to the ZP members just as how ZP members send a list of works to the DoP.

"We have also conveyed our urgent requirements for the provision of staff for vacant posts and creation of new posts," added Rodrigues, who also stressed on the need for the government to follow protocol while extending invitations to state functions/inaugurations. [TOI]