The gram sabha of the Velim village panchayat held on Sunday vehemently demanded the scrapping of the proposed fish meal plant and expansion of the fishing jetty at Cutbona. A resolution demanding that land acquisition proceedings for these projects be dropped forthwith was unanimously adopted by members at the meet.
The gram sabha also adopted a resolution demanding that no agricultural land in the village be acquired by the government for non-agro uses.
Pointing out to the absence of any environment impact assessment report with regard to the proposed fish meal plant, members voiced their concern over the imminent contamination of ground water resources and destruction of khazan lands in the village if the plant is allowed to be set up.
Villagers demanded that fisheries minister Joaquim Alemao visit the village once again so as to enable the villagers to know his stand over the land acquisition issue, the fish meal project and expansion of the fishing jetty.
Gram sabha members further voiced their disapproval over the failure of government agencies in maintaining sluice gates in proper condition. Pointing out that saline water entering their fields was rendering the land fallow, the villagers demanded that sluice gates be immediately restored. Sarpanch Rennie Caiero assured to take up the issue with the concerned government departments immediately.
Villagers also voiced their disapproval over what they termed a “flawed” mining policy of the state, and later adopted a resolution demanding that the government ensure that the policy doesn’t prove detrimental to Goans.
Issues concerning inadequate and irregular supply of food grains and kerosene through fair price shops in the village were also brought to the fore at the gram sabha.