Administrators of Central Zone, North Zone communidades fail to prepare budgets



Following frequent disclosure of various irregularities
in different communidades around the state, it has now been revealed that the
Administrators of Communidade for Central Zone and North Zone have not prepared
the budget for the financial years, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Coming out with this information, the District Collector
(North Goa) stated that the Administrators of Communidade for Central Zone and
North Zone will finalise these budgets by October 2019.

Furthermore, as per the information received from the
District Collector (South Goa), the Administrator of Communidade for South Zone
has already prepared budget for both these financial years.

As per the officials information, the total liability of
the government towards the salaries of communidade staff under the North Zone
is Rs 8,48,902, while those under the South Zone is Rs 25,02,530. There is no
liability towards the salaries of such staff under the Central Zone.

For Communidades, the source of income to pay the
salaries of their staff are deramma received from the Communidades, processing
fees collected, lease income of rented premises and bank interest accrued from
the fixed deposits of the Communidades.

The Administrator of Communidades of South Zone, Margao
has not paid the salary to their staff from November 2018 till date, due to
lack of funds, whereas the Administrator of Communidades of North Zone, Mapusa,
and the Administrator of Communidades of Central Zone, Panaji have paid the
salary to their staff.

Meanwhile, a number of representations have been received
by the government as regards the errors in the official translation of the Code
of Communidades, from Portuguese to English.

Incidentally, in
pursuance of the observation of the High Court of Bombay at Goa that there is a
need to prepare an authentic translation of the Code of Communidades, the
government had taken up the related task, and the same was entrusted to Egipcio
Noronha Rodrigues.

For this purpose, Rodrigues was authorised by the
directorate of official language to undertake the work, and the senior advocate,
Manohar Usgaonkar reviewed the translation of the Code, being well versed in
Portuguese law.

These representations received by the government suggest
corrections such as insertions of places/ locations, clauses and legal terms,
in addition to change in the amounts, replacements of words, and so on.

The representations were subsequently referred to
Usgaonkar, for reviewing the same and offering his comments. Accordingly, the
senior advocate has furnished his comments, which are presently under
examination of the government.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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