Parrikar listens to grievances of people from Navelim
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, spent a day touring the five panchayats in the Navelim constituency along with Fisheries Minister, Mr Avertano Furtado and senior government officials to listen to the grievances of people.
“I have come here to listen to the grievances of Navelim people,’’ Mr Parrikar told the media.
He was welcomed by Navelim crowd along with their MLA, Mr Furtado.
He was presented bouquets. Big banners were erected on either side of the road to welcome him.
The sarpanch of Navelim welcomed the Chief Minister and informed how the incomplete panchayat ghar was inaugurated two years ago. After some time, Mr Parrikar thought to take a break and play carrom to refresh himself. Two strong Avertano supporters, Avertano and Chief Minister played a round of carrom. This made electronic media and photo journalists run to capture the scene.
He then got up sat in his car with bodyguard and PAs; car was then driven to Rumdamol, Davorlim as directed by Mr Furtado. Hundreds of Rumdamol people — women outnumbering men, aired their grievances.
They demanded a health centre, upgradation of a school, and a jogging track.
The list of grievances and demands was long, and that disappointed the brother of Avertano. After about 10 minutes, the Chief Minister was escorted by the bodyguard to his vehicle. Even as he sat in the car, people were still running after him.
This is his first one-day visit to Salcete with the government officials after the elections. His car was then driven to a hilly place Baga-Tolleaband, Davorlim, where a chapel is located. The locals there demanded 5000 sq mts of government land from the Chief Minister for religious activities.
“I cannot give 5000 sq mts land, but around 2000 sq mt land can be given as I did for other temples,’’ he assured the 50-odd Catholics of Davorlim.
He then came down to Davorlim and heard the people who complained to him that Communidade had threatened them to take back their playground. Mr Parrikar asked the director of sports, who was present there, to start the process of acquiring the land for them. At around 12 noon, he visited the pump house and assured water to locals for irrigation.
Senior KRC officials waiting for him presented their grievances. “Please solve our land issue to construct the over bridge here. Please give us land,’’ demanded Mr Babab Gadge, the senior PRO of KRC politely. But, the alert Chief Minister told the senior PWD engineers, who were following him, to “give them NOC, but do not transfer the land.’’
Interestingly, as he was talking to the KRC officials and other officials who had crowded the road then, local vegetable growing woman loudly asked “why are you blocking the entire road?” PWD engineers quietly allowed her to make her way.
The Chief Minister then dropped at the Aquem-Baixo panchayat. He entered the specially erected pandal, sat on a chair, heard the problems and assured solutions.
“We will appoint an advocate to fight the case of land dispute with the military that acquired the land 1984,’’ he said answering to the locals issue of land possession.
A girl sought Mr Parrikar’s appoint claiming he is not available. His PA wrote her name quickly. She too sought CM’s help in a land dispute case. As she tried to explain her problem, Mr Parrikar asked her to keep quite so that he could explain her. But, she did not. She tried to take the opportunity to reveal to him her exact problem.
Mr Parrikar assured the locals three Balrath buses shortly and moved on.
But, as he entered the car, two Balrath bus drivers approached the reporters claiming that they had not been paid for the last five months. They questioned how the Chief Minister, without speaking on the issue, promised more buses.
Mr Parrikar then took a break. Perhaps may be at Avertano’s ancestral house. At 3 p.m. he reached the Salpem lake area. Before that he visited the sewerage treatment plant at Shirvodem.
At 3.45 p.m. he addressed media explaining about his visit and why he had come to Navelim.
He said, “this is my fifth constituency. On Monday, I will visit Bicholim and then Cuncolim,’’ and sipped black tea served to him on the table. [NT]