The State cabinet at its meeting on Monday offered quite a number of carrots to sections that were waiting for them for some time, while at the same time cracked the whip against those who have violated the laws of the land.
CONFISCATION OF PROPERTIES: The state cabinet approved the confiscation of four properties in North Goa, totaling nearly 22 lakh square metres that were purchased for foreign nationals in violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act.
The State government had referred 400 odd cases of FERA violations by foreigners who while visiting Goa on tourist visa were purchasing properties clandestinely. Of these the Enforcement Department had recommended confiscation of four properties which the State cabinet has now approved.
While three properties are in Morjim village of Pernem taluka, one is situated at the famous Anjuna village in Bardez taluka.
REGULARISATION OF COMPUTER TEACHERS: The Cabinet also approved creation of 413 posts in order to regularize the services of Computer Teachers in various schools, who have been working on contract basis and many of them for nearly 10 years.
It may be recalled that around 530 teachers had gone on a hunger strike earlier this year protesting against discontinuation of their contracts and the government had to bow to their demand.
While the government had already initiated the process of regularizing the services of 81 teachers in government schools, the services of the remaining 413 working at the government aided schools will be reguilarised now.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Babush Monserrate while speaking at a Teacher’s Day celebration, vowed to end the contract system for employing teachers.
NREG PAYMENT ENHANCED: The State cabinet also approved increasing the per day wages under the National Rural Employment Scheme from the current 110 per day to 157 per day, with the State bearing the burden of the additional 47.
Recent social audit of the NREG Scheme in Goa revealed that though many rural labourers had registered quite a number do not report for duty as the wages paid were too low and at some Gram Sabha meetings resolutions were adopted urging the government to enhance the wages paid under this scheme.
Besides, the government of Goa has pegged the minimum wages for unskilled workers to 157 per day and the 110 paid under the NREG scheme was way below that.
SCRIBES’ PENSION INCREASED: The cabinet also decided to increase the pension to journalists from the present 2,000/- per month to Rs. 4,000/- per month. The State will make an annual contribution of around 12,00,000/- towards this fund.
GOVT. BUILDINGS AT VALPOI: The State cabinet also agreed to transfer 6,580 square metres of land at Valpoi to the Valpoi Municipal Council to construct an administrative building and 20,560 square metres of land will be transferred to the Directorate of Craftsman Training to construct a building to house ITI.
ASILO HOSPITAL: Chief Minister Digambar Kamat declared that the newly constructed Asilo Hospital at Mapusa will commence from 9th September with the gynaecology and paediatric out patient department starting operating from there. Therafter, the medicine and scan centre will also be shifted there.