log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY OCTOBER 19, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 10 pages PRICE ` 6 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 122 RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 2 10 5 House introduces two key bills Assembly session begins on stormy note, QH adjourned on tenants, tree compensation Mohammad (PBUH) A benefactor of women 8 GOA Hospicio breathes easy, but dist hospital’s parking woes worry GOA Sawant, Sardesai clash over ‘partnership’ with fishermen SPORTS T20 WC warm-up: Top order fires as India beat England by 7 wickets Govt accused of choking people’s voices ■ LANDLORDS TO FACE IMPRISONMENT FOR NO INFO ON TENANTS ■ GOVT PROPOSES ONE STATE-LEVEL AUTHORITY TO DEAL WITH ISSUES PERTAINING TO TREES ‘Governor has assented 18 bills’ THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Two important bills, one seeking to collect and verify details of those occupying premises on rent in the State and another seeking a change in the definition of “tree” and establishment of one state-level authority, were introduced in the assembly on Monday. The Goa (Verification of Tenant) Bill 2021 has been introduced for the collection and verification of details of persons occupying premises in the State either on rent or for other consideration from a security point of view. The owner will have to maintain records of the tenant and submit these details to the police station in the area. “Failure on the part of the owner to maintain and sub- IN SHORT >> Four Covid deaths; toll @ 15 in 4 days PANAJI: In yet another day with high Covid-related mortalities, Goa reported four more deaths in the last 24-hours taking its overall pandemic death toll to 3350. In four consecutive days now, Goa witness 15 deaths due to Covid. Oxygen shortage: probe indicts GMC PANAJI: A three-member probe panel headed by IIT-Goa Director and also comprising Goa’s revenue secretary Sanjay Kumar, IAS, and its former dean, Dr V N Jindal has indicted the Goa Medical College for failing to take any tangible action on oxygen shortage during the second wave of Covid. >> See pg 5 Eid-e-Milad un nabi holiday PANAJI: Goa government has declared October 19 as a “special holiday” instead of October 20on account of Eide-Milad un nabi. US first black secy of state, Powell, dead WASHINGTON: Colin Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his trailblazing legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died Monday from complications from Covid-19. >> See pg 9 Red alert issued for 10 dams in Kerala THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With water levels rising due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, a red alert was issued for 10 dams in Kerala. Two shutters of Kakki dam in Pathanamthitta were opened and pilgrimage to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has been put on hold for now. >> See pg 7 Dera chief Gurmeet gets life for murder >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 31.9C Min: 25C Humidity: 87% TIDES Low: High: 3:10 9:42 15:49 22:10 PANAJI: The secretary (legislature) informed the House that Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai has given assent to 18 bills which have been passed in earlier sessions of the House. The bills which have been granted assent include the India International University of Legal Education and Research of the Bar Council of India Trust at Goa Bill, Goa Public Lighting Duty Bill and Goa Regulation of Film Shooting Bill. State borrowing is just 34% of limit: CM PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said said the financial position of the State is good, with borrowing just 34 per cent of the limit. “The State has a borrowing limit of 4 per cent of GDP, i.e. Rs 3200 crore and the government has borrowed only Rs 1100 crore, which means it is only 34 per cent of the borrowing limit,” said Sawant. The chief minister said a majority of loans are with an interest of below 8 percent, while loans of a higher interest have been closed. He also informed that about 2,500 of 11,000 specially abled persons in the State have been given wheelchairs. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant gestures in the House on day one of the two-day ‘farewell’ assembly session. Narayan Pissurlenar mit the information in the manner as required under the provisions of Section 3 of this Act, shall constitute an offence, which shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to Rs 10,000,” states the Bill. The Goa Preservation of Trees (Amendment) Bill, 2021 proposes a change in the definition of “tree” as any woody plant whose branches spring from and are supported upon Bhumiputra Bill sent to guv for assent: Jennifer to House THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Despite denials to the media first by the Speaker Rajesh Patnekar and later by the government through Minister for Legislative Affairs, Mauvin Godinho, the controversial Bhumiputra Bill, 2021, has indeed been dispatched to the Raj Bhavan for obtaining the assent of the Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai. “The Bill has been referred to the Hon’ble Governor through law department for his assent and the same is under process,” Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate said in a written reply to an unstarred question tabled by Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardesai. To further supplementaries by Sardesai on whether the government intends to further amend the bill and seeking details of legal provisions of how to amend the legislation, Monserrate responded saying these issues do not arise in view of it having been sent to the Governor for assent. The Goan had reported last week that the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill, 2021, passed amid a boycott by an united Opposition on July 29 was published in the Goa gazette for “general information” of the public by Legislature Secretary Namrata Ulman in keeping with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of the trunk or the body and whose trunk or body is not >Continued on P6 PANAJI oddess Durga appears to have emerged as a consistent political theme in poll-bound Goa. A day after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and the Goa Forward (GF) party sparred over references to a ‘certain’ Durga from West Bengal and Goa’s very own Shantadurga made by GF’s working president Kiran Kandolkar, BJP’s Ports Minister Michael Lobo pitched in with his own pearls of wisdom on the issue. “Every lady in Goa is a Durga. Every woman is a Durga in Goa. I believe in that way. When they want G MAPUSA The first day of the two-day assembly session began on a stormy note leading to adjournment of the Question Hour after the Opposition protested against the government’s attempt to throttle the voice of the people by repeatedly postponing crucial questions tabled by the legislators. Soon after the House assembled, on Monday, Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant stood up and sought postponement of the starred question on comunidade land cases tabled by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginald Lourenco. This is for a record third time that the question has been postponed in the House. Similarly, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat’s question on Covid deaths and Porvorim MLA, Rohan Khaunte’s question was also postponed causing much consternation among the opposition legislators. LOP and Margao MLA, Opposition MLAs rush to the well of the House during the heated Assembly session on Monday. Narayan Pissurlenkar Digambar Kamat decried attempts not to answer important issues affecting the people of the State. “My question was on Covid deaths that took place during the crucial period in the Goa Medical College and Hospital. Government has neither given a reply nor has it postponed the question,” Kamat said. Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai and Porvorim MLA Rohan IS SOMEONE LYING? Monseratte’s written reply to the Goa legislative assembly on Monday, however, puts the record straight: the controversial legislation has been sent to the Governor for his assent, after all Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho had gone a Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate makes a point step ahead and said that the during the Assembly legislation will be “allowed session on Monday. to lapse” In fact, Patnekar and Godinho in interactions with the media had claimed that its mere publication in the gazette did not mean it had been sent to the Governor for assent Business of the Goa Legislative Assembly.” This and a repeat publication of the legislation once assented to by the Governor are the essential requirements for the bill to become law. The legislation proposes a mechanism to give land/ dwelling house ‘ownership rights’ to dwellers to the extent of a maximum of 250 square meters and had triggered a huge controversy with fears that the political establishment was playing ‘votebank’ politics and favouring the large number of migrants. Following the controversy, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant blinked and announced that the process of making it a law will be held back and suggestions from the public invited to rectify it. Following the report in The Goan, Patnekar and Godinho in interactions with the media had claimed that its mere publication in the gazette did not mean it had been sent to the Governor for assent. Godinho had even gone a step ahead and said that the legislation will be “allowed to lapse”. Monseratte’s written reply to the Goa legislative assembly on Monday, however, puts the record straight: the controversial legislation has been sent to the Governor for his assent, after all. LOBO’S TAKE Every lady in Goa is a Durga. Every woman is a Durga in Goa. I believe in that way. When they want to stand for their rights, they can become Durga when they stand for their rights, Lobo said He said Goan women are all calm, all peaceful, very loving and they take care of this beautiful state of Goa very well. We do not want a special Durga. I do not believe in that to stand for their rights, they can become Durga when they stand for their rights,” Lobo told reporters outside the state legislative assembly complex, when asked to comment on the debate between Sawant and Kandolkar. “Otherwise they are all calm, all peaceful, very loving and they take care of this beautiful state of Goa very well. We do not want a special Durga. I do not believe in that,” Lobo also said. The debate spiralled after Kandolkar, while alluding to the entry of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress’ en- Khaunte also raised the pitch against the government’s attempt to postpone questions and refusal to provide answers on crucial issues. Amidst the din, Speaker Rajesh Patnekar told the House that Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane was unwell and that he has requested his questions be postponed. >Continued on P6 Govt says will clear welfare amounts by December FAMOUS FAMA THE GOAN I NETWORK The statue of the Infant Jesus being taken in a procession at the traditional Fama which was celebrated with religious fervour at the Our Lady of Merces Church, Colva, on Monday. Santosh Mirajkar Online exam schedule delays physical classes take off THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Despite the Education Department’s circular permitting schools to begin offline classes for students of standards IX to XII, an ongoing schedule of examinations in the online mode for classes IX and X has delayed the restarting of physical classes as institutions preferred not to disturb their Now, Lobo weighs in on Shantadurga row, says Goan women are Durgas THE GOAN I NETWORK THE GOAN I NETWORK try to Goa had said: “Anything can happen in the coming days. Navaratris are going on...I feel that we will have to get Durga to Goa. The Durga in Goa is referred to as Shantadurga. She is calm. We will have to get the real Durga from Kolkata to Goa to destroy this bhasmasur-like government”. Reacting to Kandolkar’s statement, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had retaliated against the equating of goddess Shantadurga to a human being. “Devi Shantadurga is our prime deity. We worship Devi Shantadurga. Goans will not like Shantadurga being >Continued on P6 planned schedule. Higher Secondary Schools however held examinations from Monday in the offline mode for students of classes XI and XII. An official of the education department said, although the circular was issued on Sunday detailing the SOPs to be observed and permitting institutions to restart physical classes from Monday, there was a clause in the circular which left it to the discretion of the management of the institutions. Students of schools and higher secondary schools have been off campuses and carrying out all academic work in the online mode since March 2020. Several experts have warned of adverse impact of >Continued on P6 PANAJI Stating that all pending amounts regarding social welfare schemes have been cleared till June, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has assured in the assembly that payments for the Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Scheme (DSSS) and other social schemes would be released by December. Sawant said the backlog would be cleared in the instalments of two months. The chief minister was responding to a query from Porvorim Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte who raised the issue of pending dues of the DDSY scheme. Marcaim’s MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar had raised the issue that crimes are occurring in the State due to financial reasons. Sawant said bills of contractors have been cleared till June and added that no bills prior to this period had been pending with departments and corporations. RECRUITMENTS: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said 8,000 jobs have been advertised so far, while an additional 2,000 jobs would be advertised soon. “All 10,000 recruitments will be completed by December,” he said. 69 rescued on Goa’s beaches as tourists rush for weekend THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa Tourism’s beach safety agency Drishti came to the rescue of dozens of tourists in distress in waters along its beaches over the long weekend. A statement issued by the agency said, as many as 69 persons were rescued, adding that most of the tourists rescued were on Dussehra day. Long weekends witness tourists from other Indian States flocking to Goa, mostly to soak in the sun and take a dip in the sea on the several beaches dotting its 105-kilometer long coastline. Many of the States where A TOUGH WEEKEND Most of the tourists rescued were on Dussehra day 35 rescues were conducted on Friday which was Dussehra, 19 on Saturday, followed by 15 on Sunday The rise in distress situations in waters on Goa’s beaches is understandable as the restrictions imposed on swimming at beaches which are imposed during the monsoon have been lifted recently the tourists hail from are landlocked and they are unaccustomed to the vagaries of the sea, making the beach excursions dangerous and unsafe. Over the years, beach safety has seen a steady improvement on Goa’s beaches with the introduction of the service outsourced by Goa Tourism through Drishti and the number of drowning deaths too have significantly dropped. Drishti’s Monday statement said: “The long weekend witnessed 69 rescues along the coast by Drishti’s lifesavers posted along the beaches of >Continued on P6
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