MMC chief to CM: Add my name on building plaque
Inauguration of the new South Goa Collectorate building on February 28 has stirred a hornet’s nest.
Margao Municipal Chairperson Arthur D’Silva has said the name of Margao’s First Citizen should find mention on the plaque of the building as and when the same is inaugurated.
He said the government should respect the protocol and customs of including the name of the city’s First Citizen on plaques when projects are inaugurated by the government. “I have been given to understand that the name of Margao’s First Citizen does not find mention on the plaque. I know that Chief Minister Manohar Parirkar would not commit such a mistake and would include the MMC Chairperson’s name on the plaque,” he said, adding that he is giving vent to his sentiments since he is flooded by inquiries from Councilors and citizens alike.
Arthur clarified that he is not personally interested in getting his name on the plaque, but wants the government to follow protocol. “Today, it may be Arthur, who is sitting on the Chairperson’s chair, tomorrow someone else may occupy it. What is important is the chair and not the individuals,” he said, and hoped that the District Collector, South, and the CM would not commit a major blunder by excluding the name of the MMC Chairperson from the plaque.
The new collectorate will be inaugurated at the hands of the CM on February 28 in the presence of Deputy CM and Revenue Minister, Francis D’Souza and Salcete’s lone Minister Avertano Furtado. [H]