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Goa is aiming to be a Garbage Free state: CM

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that state government has not been declared as garbage free state but is aiming at as a litter free state.

In a written in response to Leader of Opposition Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar, the Chief Minister, who also holds Science and Technology portfolio, said as per the information provided by the Directorate of Panchayats, no any Panchayat in the State are well equipped to maintain their area of jurisdiction garbage free.

As per the information provided by the Department of Urban Development only Mormugao Municipal Council, Mapusa Municipal Council, Bicholim Municipal Council, Curchorem Cacora Municipal Council, Canacona Municipal Council, Quepem Municipal Council, Sanguem Municipal Council are well equipped to maintain their area of jurisdiction garbage free.

Parrikar said as per the information provided by Directorate of Panchayats the State Government sanctioned financial assistance of Rs one lakh to each village panchayat per annum under the Goa Panchayat (Grant of Financial assistance to the Village Panchayat to deal with plastic garbage menace) Scheme 2017 upto year 2017-18.

Recently, the scheme is amended and named as the Goa Panchayat (Grants to tackle garbage menace) scheme 2017. Under this scheme all the village panchayats in the state of Goa would be eligible for general financial assistance of Rs two lakh each per annum. In addition panchayats within Periphery of 12 km of airport are eligible for Rs seven lakh. The panchayats with coastal belt and the panchayats with tourism potential were eligible five lakh. The Sub urban Panchayats near theboundary of city/ Municipalities — Mapusa, Panaji, Margao. Ponda are eligible for Rs five lakhs. The panchayat having weekly market are eligible for Rs three lakhs per annum. The first instalment of 30 per cent grants were released to all the Village Panchayats. As per the information provided by the Department of Urban Development the Corporation of City of Panaji received grants Corporation receives grants from the state government for procurement of equipments, vehicles and setting up of necessary infrastructure including acquisition of land.

The ministry of housing and urban affairs Government of India under the Swachh Bharat Mission scheme also provides financial assistance for solid waste management and IEC activities.

The Government has designated GWMC as the ‘Monitoring Agency’ for the contract with powers to submit a monthly report and recommend payments, based on which GSIDC can disburse payment to the contractor. The Goa Waste Management Corporation also monitors different locations/stretch along the Highways in the State of Goa to check for compliance and also quantum of waste deposited by the contractors is verified upon submission of monthly bills. Accordingly bills are submitted for payment to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, he said.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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