Public urged to expose those involved in graft
Appalled that a sarpanch and panchayat secretary were nabbed while accepting a bribe, Panchayat Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday requested people to expose those involved in corruption.
Speaking to Herald along the sidelines of a function at the Corlim Primary Health Centre, Parsekar encouraged people to be vigilant about elected representatives or government employees demanding bribes and to report the matter to law enforcement authorities.
He expressed shock that the Ucassaim Sarpanch Rajesh Dabhale and Panchayat Secretary Uday Naik were caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while allegedly accepting bribe.
“When our BJP government came into power in the State, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had ensured to have zero tolerance to corruption.
“This policy is not only for the minister and for government officials, but also for municipalities and panchayat representatives to follow,” Parsekar said.
“Since Goa is a tourist place, many constructions take place and builders are approaching various panchayats for various favours. I was upset to learn that a sarpanch and a secretary were trapped red-handed and this is a good lesson for other panchayats to avoid bribes,” Parsekar added.
Asked why some panchayats have been proposing large construction projects when they are opposed by people at various gram sabhas, Parsekar said: “It is the people to be vigilant about these activities. As a minister, I can only act when issues are brought to my notice.” [H]