log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2020 GOA Shack operators want immediate demarcation in South beach belt IN SHORT >> 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME VI, NO. 128 3 GOA Flouting of Covid norms in Goa nightclubs: shameful, says Govt Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Mapusa farmers upbeat after HC notice to govt on land use map 5 SPORTS Legendary Kapil suffers heart attack, undergoes angioplasty; stable now 8 Adani, Jindal refuse to pay Goa cess THEY CLAIM THERE’S NO POLLUTION CAUSED DURING COAL HANDLING AND PRECAUTIONS TAKEN DURING TRANSPORTATION THE GOAN I NETWORK New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, is congratulated by her partner Clarke Gayford following her victory speech to Labour Party members at an event in Auckland, New Zealand. PTI Goa police arrests notorious human trafficker in Delhi PANAJI: The Crime Branch of Goa Police on Friday arrested a notorious human trafficker in Delhi. The accused was wanted in two cases of prostitution. The Crime Branch team was led by Police Inspector Laxi Amonkar. According to police reports, accused Rahul Gupta was allegedly managing a prostitution racket from Delhi and was notorious for forcing several victims into trafficking in Goa. Minister slams those playing trash politics MAPUSA: Stating that councillors who have lost and aspiring candidates were making noise over the biomethanation waste treatment plants proposed at Sonsodo, Waste Management Minister Michael Lobo on Friday appealed to Goans not to vote such people who were playing politics on garbage in the ensuing civic elections. He said the State was facing a huge challenge on the garbage issue and vowed to resolve the garbage problem by the end of the term of this >> See pg 3 government. Walke murder: Three held for sale of pistol MARGAO: The Crime branch has arrested three persons who were involved in the sale of illegal pistol, which was used in the commission of the cold blooded murder of a young city jeweller Swapnil Walke on September 2. A Crime branch team, which was drafted to investigate the procurement of the pistol to the assailants, who killed Swapnil Walke on September 2, arrested the three persons from Bihar in the case. >> See pg 2 WEATHER >> Max: 31.4 C Min: 24.6 C Humidity: 96% TIDES Low: 07.44 High: 02.09 19.55 13.09 PANAJI Conglomerates Adani and Jindal caught in the vortex of a growing agitation against their coal handling at MPT and transportation to Karnataka are refusing to pay the Goa government a green cess, arguing that their operations cause no pollution. The two companies have refused to pay the ‘Goa rural improvement and welfare cess’ and have taken the stand before the State’s transport department that there is no pollution caused during coal handling as they take all precautions while transporting the coal. “Paying the cess as compensation for pollution does not arise,” the two companies have stated on record before the transport department. The two companies are mulling approaching the courts with this stand, while the State transport department on the other hand, has decided to issue them a ‘demand no- FAST-REWIND CONTENTION GOA REACTION Paying the cess as compensation for pollution does not arise, the two companies have stated on record before the transport department We will send the notice again to these companies to recover the cess, Transport Director Rajan Satardekar said tice’ to pay up the cess. “We will send the notice again to these companies to recover the cess”, Transport Director Rajan Satardekar said. The riposte refusing to pay up the cess by the two companies was in response to the notice served on them by the transport department about a month ago. A quasi-judicial hearing on the matter is currently underway at both the North Goa and South Goa offices of the Transport Department and proceedings are ongoing. HC slams delay in making forensic lab operational The Aam Aadmi Party had on August 1 filed a complaint before the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) asking for registration of an FIR against all concerned in the evasion of cess under the Goa Rural Improvement and Welfare Cess Act of 2000 A quasi-judicial hearing on the matter is currently underway at both the North Goa and South Goa offices of the Transport Department and proceedings are ongoing The complaint had cited the findings of the CAG that an estimated loss of Rs 300 crores was caused to the State at the beginning of 2016 on account of non-recovery of the cess. Cash-strapped Goa to ‘cash-in’ on allocated coal block in MP THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Eager to improve cash inflows into the starved exchequer, the Goa government is hoping to fast-track the process of operating the Madhya Pradesh coal block and has decided to invite bids for request for proposal (RFP). Chief Minister Pramod Sawant chaired a meeting of the government’s steering committee for Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) projects on Friday where an ‘advisory firm’ has been shortlisted. The Industries Minister, Goa IDC chairman Glen Ticlo, Industries Secretary Ashok Kumar were part of the deliberations. The RFP will be floated by November 10 by the Goa IDC to invite proposals to develop This is the second time Goa has been allocated a coal block after the Coalgate quagmire led to the Supreme Court cancelling all allocations done the first time by the Coal Ministry way back in 2008-09 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PREVIOUS FAILURE Will be floated by November 10 by the Goa IDC to invite proposals to develop and operate coal mines in the block allocated to Goa IDC in Madhya Pradesh Bid by Goa IDC to operate the block in Madhya Pradesh had to be aborted in November last year after the Finance Department vetoed the State-owned Corporation’s plea to allocate Rs 196 crore and operate coal mines in the block allocated to Goa IDC in Madhya Pradesh. This is the second time Goa has been allocated a coal block after the Coalgate quagmire led to the Supreme Court cancelling all allocations done the first time by the Coal Ministry way back in 2008-09. LIGHTING UP FOR FESTIVAL RED TAPISM HELPING DRUG ACCUSED FLEE FROM JUSTICE? THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Is the operationalising of the Goa Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) at Verna being deliberately delayed in order to enable those accused in narcotics cases to apply for and be granted ‘in-default’ bail? The Bombay High Court at Goa certainly seemed to suggest so while expressing its deep disappointment at the ‘sorry state of affairs’ especially since, in the words of the High Court, the state is showing absolutely no urgency in making the lab operational. In the absence of a laboratory within Goa, samples are sent to CFSL Hyderabad and can take as long as a year for the report to return. In the interim, those who are arrested are granted bail by default owing to the delay by the authorities. “We get an impression that though the laboratory facilities are made available, the testing of most Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is not possible for want of “standard samples” which are necessary for such tests. Further, we get a distinct impression that this process of procuring standard samples is delayed mainly on account of bureaucratic red tape,” the High Court bench IN THE COURT’S OPINION 1 Though the laboratory facilities are made available, the testing of most Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is not possible for want of ‘standard samples’ which are necessary for such tests We get a distinct impression that this process of procuring standard samples is 2 of Justice MS Sonak and MS Jawalkar, said. “It is quite unfortunate that though the NDPS Act entered into force in 1985 and there are several prosecutions launched under this Act in the State of Goa, till date there are no proper facilities for testing the seized materials. As a result, the prosecutions are delayed, suspects – by default are released on bail, and suspects then flee from justice. Thus the very operation of the NDPS Act is frustrated on account of non availability of proper facilities in the State of Goa itself. This is an extremely sorry State which should have been redressed by the authorities with greater sense of urgency and responsi- delayed mainly on account of bureaucratic red tape, the HC bench of Justice MS Sonak & MS Jawalkar said Till date there are no proper facilities for testing the seized materials. As a result, the prosecutions are delayed, suspects – by default are released on bail, and suspects then flee from justice 3 bility,” the Court observed. “For the present at least, we would not like to accept that this delay is deliberate and for extraneous considerations. However, if such position continues, further probe will become necessary,” the Court said. Dr Narayan Waghmare, the Director of Forensic ScienceLaboratory at Goa, (GFSL) had filed an affidavit before the Court enlisting the reasons why the lab was not operational. The lab was set up in 2013 yet even after seven years of its establishment, the GFSL is capable of only testing Colourful and attractive Akash Kandils (lanterns) in the making at a shop in the capital city on Friday. Diwali, the Festival of Lights will be celebrated on November 14, amidst the raging Coronavirus pandemic. Narayan Pissurlenkar >Continued on P5 >Continued on P5 HC grants interim protection from demolitions THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has granted interim relief from demolition to several persons whose structures were ordered to be demolished in view of the order of the principal bench of the Bombay High Court passing an order earlier this year restraining all the courts, tribunals, and quasi-judicial authorities from taking any precipitous steps such as demolition of structures for a particular period in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. A group of petitioners had approached the Bombay High Court at Goa fearing that the GCZMA would move to demolish their structures based on orders it passed back in February and March 2020 to demolish them. “This Court, per a fourjudge Bench, issued periodic NOT DURING EPIDEMIC It is because most affected parties do not have access to justice during the epidemic The High Court directions are effective up to 31 December unless extended further directions, restraining all the authorities concerned, such as NGT besides the Courts and Tribunals, from taking any precipitous steps during the pandemic. It is because most affected parties do not have access to justice during the epidemic. Indisputably, this Court’s directions are effective up to 31.10.2020 unless extended further,” High Court single IFFI may happen between Beneficiaries dwindle as ‘Laadli’ income norm amended Jan 15-24: ESG vice-chief 1 NO CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE CENTRE YET T THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI This year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) may take place next January between 15-24 and the dates will be fixed after obtaining suggestions from the Directorate of Cinema, stated Subhash Phaldesai, vice chairman of Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) after a meeting of ESG executive committee. Every year IFFI is organised in November however, this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual festival ESG pulls up film crew for dumping used masks, PPEs A Bollywood production could be in the dock and penalised after its unit carelessly disposed at a site it used for a shoot used masks and PPEs in the picturesque Nerul village. >> See pg 3 has been postponed by the Centre. Hence, it has been decided to organize it between January 15 to 24, with some of the programmes and events happening live and others, virtually. At the moment, there has been no necessary instructions regarding the live and virtual programmes. It will be decided once the instructions are clear, said Phaldesai. The opening and closing ceremony will be held at the Kala Academy. The arrangements for the transport and stay will be made once the list of the guests >Continued on P5 PANAJI he number of beneficiaries under the Laadli Laxmi Scheme is expected to reduce drastically following the state government’s decision to bring down the parental annual income limit as criteria for eligibility from the earlier Rs 8 lakh to Rs 3 lakh. The state government has notified the amended scheme to reduce the income criteria of parents of the girl. With the amendment, the girl child of nearly all government servants will automatically be out of scheme. The scheme was introduced in the year 2012 when the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar came to power along with Griha Aadhar yojana. Laadli ABOUT THE LADLI SCHEME Girls who are 18 years of age and above would be provided Rs1 lakh each for their marriage The scheme covers all the Goan girls between 18-40 years of age To get the benefit, the parents should be living in Goa for 25 years The girl should have been born and brought up in the state For those who are born outside the state, the state government committee will scrutinise their applications Laxmi Scheme was intended to financially empower the girl child to meet educational and other expenses on completing 18 years of age. A woman between the age group of 18 to 40 years is eligi- ble for this scheme. Unmarried women are paid Rs one lakh as financial assistance by means of a bank fixed deposit. Goa registers around 10,000 marriages every year. Already cash-strapped, the reduction in number of beneficiaries due to the new amendment will come as a big relief to the State exchequer. For improving the finacial condition of the State, the government has also taken various other steps of cancelling the Housing Building Allowance Scheme apart from increasing interest on loans for MLAs by virtue of trimming subsidy on interest. Meanwhile, the government has clarified that the Laadli Laxmi Scheme will be applicable to girls from families which have been affected due to the Tillary dam project. These families from bordering districts of Maharashtra and Goa were displaced and later rehabilitated. The fixed deposit, under the scheme which is established jointly in the name of the beneficiary and the Director of Women and Child Development, can be claimed only at the time of marriage or when the beneficiary attains the age of 40 years Questions on the correctness of the application as well as the eligibility of the applicant are adjudicated by a committee headed by the Secy to Goa Govt in-charge of the Dept of Women and Child Development 2
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