The Margao Municipal Council at its first specially convened meeting held on Monday decided upon the number of members for its various sub-committees besides endorsing the norm of having the Vice-Chairperson heading the Market Committee.
Chairmanship of Market Committee that oversees all matters pertaining to the market including allocation of shops and various licenses, is a much sought position and in the last council as a compromise for not staking a claim to the chairperson’s position, Livrament Barreto was appointed the Market Committee Chairperson so that Savio Coutinho could be the chairperson of the Council.
However, this time the councillors unanimously decided that the vice chairperson, meaning Gonzaco Rebello will the head the market committee which will have four other members.
The Sanitation Committee will this time have five members instead of three members in the last council while the Standing Committee will have six members. All the three committees will be constituted shortly at another meeting where the chairmen of the Standing and Sanitation committees will also be elected.
As many of the councillors were elected for the first time, they were explained that these committee were merely recommendatory bodies with the final decision resting with the council.
Incidentally, while the Standing Committee has powers to recommend works worth 10 lakhs, the other two committee’s powers are restricted to only two lakhs.