Panaji: Panaji is set to host the annual Purumentachem Fest from May 24 to May 30 with the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) resolving to put in place adequate measures to ensure social distancing and wearing of face masks.
Addressing media persons, city Mayor Uday Madkaikar said that with most markets including the Mapusa Friday market remaining closed in view of the lockdown, Goans could not sell the farm products such as Goan chilli, onions, kidney beans, red beans, black beans, alsande, Goan cowpea, black eyed beans, Goan masala products, dry kokum, dried raw mango flakes, dried fish etc besides other eatable items adding, “Only Goan farmers will be allowed to set up shop at the fest.”
“I want to offer farmers an opportunity to sell their wares and people who could not get kitchen requirements so from Sunday (May 24 till May 30), CCP has planned to have Purumentachem fest on a grand scale opposite Cine Nacional road, which will be closed for traffic,” he added.
Madkaikar said that the road will be properly marked as part of social distancing measures besides there will be barricades and police posted so that people too get a chance to make provision for their kitchens.
Madkaikar said, “We will be allowing above 60 farmers and on the spot entries would be issued.”
Meanwhile, the CCP staff on Friday conducted a surprise raid and caught red-handed some shopkeepers who were carrying gutka, tobacco and other products which were seized.
Nearly 50 shopkeepers dealing in cassette and mobile phones were all caught red-handed for spitting pan on the walls of the premises. The offenders were warned to clean the walls and only then approach CCP to take permission to reopen the shop, he informed.
He said that unless these shopkeepers give him a written assurance that in future such incidents will not occur, he will not allow them to reopen their shops adding, “Now CCP manual is ready and as per act, the violators face cancellation of their licences.”
“Many shops are sublet. Now let the owners submit papers as we have demanded documents. We may sign the agreement with the market tenants in June-end and issue them trade licence as per FDA and by June-end will sign the agreement,” he said.
After amendment, we have got powers to seal the shops, but after scrutiny, we have to get government approval to sign the agreement, he added.
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Source:: The Navhind Times