It was a mixed bag at the Betalbatim Gram Sabha held on Sunday as there were some bitter moments as well as sweet ones for the villagers.
On the positive side, the panchayat has received the water testing kits which will be used to test water from all the 48 wells identified in the village, which include private as well as public ones.
Besides, the Gram Sabha also resolved to acquired 42,000 square meters of land at the beach in Tonwaddo to set up various facilities for the many visitors to this beach. This beach is frequented by many Goans for family and group picnics.
The panchayat has proposed to set up a children’s park, changing rooms and other required facilities for the visitors including drinking water.
However, the Gram Sabha was up in arms over the recent government circular stating that all construction plans were to be submitted directly to the Town & Country Planning Department from where they would be routed to the respective panchayat after getting the mandatory clearance from the department.
The villagers opposed this move arguing that it was against the spirit of the Panchayat Raj Act which envisages power to the grass root level and resolved that construction plans be submitted to the panchayat from where they would be sent to the concerned departments including the TCP and PWD.
A copy of this particular resolution was to be forwarded to the Town & Country Planning Minister Digambar Kamat and also the local MLA Micky Pacheco.
The Gram Sabha also resolved that the government should provide grants to schools imparting education in English medium at the primary school level and further resolved that Konkani, which is the sole official language of Goa, should be made a compulsory subject from Std I to X.