NAVELIM: With just about six months left for the term of the zilla panchayat to end, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has written to the South Goa collector seeking details of the factual report with regards to the functioning of the district planning committee. South Goa has so far lost approximately Rs 7-8 crore of central funds for its failure to send the report to the Centre.
Acting on the note from Parrikar, South Goa collector has dashed a letter to the chief executive officer of zilla panchayat seeking details of the same. The chairperson of the South Goa zilla panchayat also heads the DPC.
It may be recalled that ‘The Navhind Times’ had reported that time is running out for the South Goa District Planning Committee to avail of central funds for development of South Goa as just about 29 panchayats have sent their annual development plan while no municipality had sent their annual development. Ironically, just about one third of the total villages from Salcete had sent their proposals for the same.
As per a notification, every panchayat, zilla panchayat and municipal council falling within the jurisdiction of South Goa district shall at the beginning of every five-year plan period prepare five-year plans by the end of January of every year and submit it to the district planning committee of South Goa.
Confirming the development, chairperson of South Goa Zilla Panchayat Nelly Rodrigues said that they have received a letter from the collector and admitted that the South DPC has missed out on at least Rs 7-8 crore. She said that the committee has tried in various ways to impress upon the panchayats to send their plans, however the panchayats have failed to comply and it is high time that the directions now come from the government to the panchayats.
Rodrigues said that MLAs are not taking the DPC seriously as none of the MLAs turned up for the meeting and without the government support the plans cannot be prepared.
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Source: The Navhind Times