Rachol sarpanch lashes out at government

Accusing the BJP government of financially crippling the panchayats in Goa, Rachol sarpanch Joseph Vaz criticized the government for neglecting the panchayat raj department and rural development agencies (RDA) in the state. Vaz demanded that all pending RDA projects and schemes be implemented immediately.

"There were a lot of promises made of financial support, but till date we have not received any such money. By abolishing house tax, the government has taken a major revenue-generating capability which the panchayats could use to carry out development works," said Vaz, while addressing mediapersons on Wednesday.

Vaz criticized the government for terminating the contract of RDA temporary workers which he said had led to the stalling of various RDA projects that were already sanctioned. Vaz, the face of the ST community inCurtorim, alleged that the state government was only interested in supporting the ST community in Canacona. [TOI]