With both the Sarpanch and the deputy sarpanch voted out of office in a no-trust motion, administration of the Colva Village Panchayat has come to a standstill for the last 20 days.
The government-appointed administrator, sources said, is visiting the panchayat ghar only once or twice a week, while there’s no full-time secretary in place to look after the affairs of the panchayat.
After sarpanch Snowkon Gonsalves and his deputy Blanca were dislodged from office in controversial circumstances, Director of Panchayats Narayan Sawant had immediately brought the Colva Panchayat under the rule of an administrator.
That’s not all. The then Colva secretary Edwin Carvalho was immediately transferred from Colva Panchayat, with directions to the Varca Panchayat secretary to hold additional charge of Colva panchayat.
Says social activist Judith Almeida: “Since the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch were ousted from office, administration has come to a halt. The administrator does not come to the panchayat regularly, while the panchayat secretary makes his presence felt only for three days a week”.
Saying that people of Colva are put to great inconveniences on account of the situation, Almeida has called upon the Director of Panchayats to intervene and ensure functioning of the administration.
When contacted, the Panchayat Director said he would check out with the Salcete BDO office on the functioning of the Administrator and the panchayat secretary.
Sources in the BDO office said that the Administrator, who is functioning as an engineer in the BDO office, is burdened with his own work, leaving him hardly any time to perform the role of an administrator.
Meanwhile, the Panchayat Director told Herald that he has not yet fixed the date for the filling of vacancies of the post of sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. “I have 60 days time to fill up the vacant posts. I will soon take a call,” Sawant added. [H]