Govt takes back circular that whittled VPs’ power

Flabbergasted by the backlash from village panchayats and the Opposition, the state government has decided to withdraw the circular which had made mandatory to village panchayat secretaries to route applications for construction licences to the government through block development officers.
Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho told media persons on Wednesday that after reassessing the situation and the procedure the government decided to withdraw the particular circular, giving second chance to the panchayats to put in place their own garbage management systems.
“Since the circular was about procedures for construction licence and occupancy certificate we have reconsidered the decision and decided to withdraw the circular for time being,” Godinho disclosed.
The circular had made mandatory to village panchayat secretaries to route to the government through block development officers applications for construction licences and occupancy certificates for the structures with more than four-dwelling units, including multi-dwelling residential projects, and the commercial structures with 200 sq mts and more total buildup area.
“After reassessing the procedure that had been laid in the circular we have realised that the government is not fully ready as far as scientific garbage management system is concerned. Hence it would not be right to put extra pressure on local self-governing bodies,” Godinho maintained.
The minister maintained that the directorate of panchayats should have a fully-equipped technical cell. Two garbage treatment plants at Cacora and Verna should also get ready. Material recovery facilities must also be put in place.
The slowdown in economy has severely impacted the real estate sector, and that GST and RERA irritants have added to the problems, he explained.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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