log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday MONDAY MAY 9, 2022 GOA 12 pages PRICE ` 6 Curtorim farmers rue govt schemes only on paper, haven’t reached them IN SHORT >> Authorities still pass buck on demolition of Silver Sands hotel MARGAO: It’s exactly a month now since the Supreme Court had cleared all decks for the demolition of the Hotel Silver Sands, but the authorities concerned are passing the buck over the demolition of the structures. >> See pg 2 64 students test positive in Odisha ODISHA: At least 64 students have been tested positive for Covid in Odisha’s Rayagada district. All were inmates of two separate hostels in the district. Officials said 44 students of the hostel named ‘Anwesha’ in the Kotlaguda area tested positive on May 4. Jet Airways gets govt’s security nod NEW DELHI: Union home ministry has granted security clearance to Jet Airways that is planning to relaunch commercial flight operations in the next few months, according to an official document. The Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is currently the promoters of Jet Airways. BJP’s Bagga gets relief from HC Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 321 GOA Mapusa comunidade polls: Carrasco panel bites the dust 3 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The recruitment process initiated by the Goa police department some months ahead of the recent general assembly elections has hit a roadblock -- the amendment to the rules under the Goa Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Act, which permitted direct recruitment by departments instead of the Commission lapsed in February. This technical hitch has forced the Goa police to freeze midway the process of filling nearly 2005 positions including 145 police sub-inspectors, 1,650 constables (700odd for IRB Battalions) and other posts. The Goa Police has now written to the State govern- DEPT IN CATCH-22 SITUATION Amendment to rules under SSC Act, which permitted direct recruitment by departments instead of the Commission lapsed in Feb This hitch forced Goa police to freeze midway the process of filling nearly 2005 positions Goa Police has now written to the government seeking advice and directions on how to proceed Legal opinion however suggests hiring process will have to be taken over by SSC POSTS HELD UP IN IRB Police constable: 734 LDC: 5 ment seeking advice and directions on how to proceed further as legal opinion suggests the hiring process will have to be taken over by the SSC. Stenographer: 2 Other posts: 2 The previous Pramod Sawant government had tweaked the rules under the Staff Selection Commission law to give powers to individual departments to recruit MOTHER DEAREST! WEATHER >> Max: 34.2 C Min: 28.1 C Humidity: 89% TIDES Low: High: 09:55 03:00 ---17:41 52-yr-old climbs Everest 26th time, breaks his own record POSTS IN POLICE DEPT Lower Division Clerk: 34 Police Sub Inspector: 145 Police Constable: 913 Police constable (Bandmen): 11 Police constable (Driver): 55 Police Constable (Wireless): 29 Other posts: 45 against sanctioned C category posts directly. However, these powers to the individual department were for just one year which lapsed in February this year. Russia bombs Ukraine school, 60 feared dead 1 As many as 60 people were feared to have been killed in the Russian bombing of a village school in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, the regional governor said on Sunday. KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has put on alert its employees and disaster management teams in view of the formation of cyclonic storm Asani, which is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclone, mayor Firhad Hakim said on Sunday. Beijing loyalist Lee elected Hong Kong leader >> See pg 7 INDIA 6 RELAXATION OF BY-PASSING STAFF SELECTION LAPSED IN FEB Cyclone forecast: Kolkata on alert LONDON: The UK health authorities have confirmed a case of monkeypox, which is a virus passed from infected animals such as rodents to humans, in someone with a recent travel history to Nigeria where they are believed to have caught it. RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Pre-election recruitment in police dept hits roadblock NEW DELHI: In a reprieve for Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the Punjab and Haryana HC directed that no coercive step be taken against the Delhi BJP leader after he sought a stay on the arrest warrant issued by a Mohali court. UK confirms case of Monkeypox infection Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 2 Women labourers carry their children on their back as they work at a brick kiln factory on International Mother’s Day in Nadia district on Sunday. Delhi clashes: Court slams cops for ‘utter failure’ to stop march PTI NEW DELHI The bail of eight people allegedly involved in the recent communal clashes at Delhi’s Jahangirpuri has been rejected by a local court, which said the accused are well-known local criminals and their release may intimidate witnesses. The judge also reprimanded the Delhi Police for not stopping the illegal procession and demanded that the police chief investigate the matter and fix accountability among the officers involved. Instead of stopping the illegal procession and dispersing the crowd, the police officers were seen accompanying it on the route, the court said. “It prima facie reflects the utter failure on the part of local police in stopping the said procession having no permis- sion,” he said. Dependra Pathak, a senior officer, had explained the presence of the force, saying, “It is the responsibility of Police to maintain law & order”. “If a situation is sensitive and there is a congregation then we have to ensure it doesn’t worsen. That is why we had adequate policemen and were successful in containing the clashes,” he had told reporters. Governor Serhiy Gaidai said Russian forces dropped a bomb on Saturday afternoon on the school in Bilohorivka where about 90 people were sheltering, causing a fire that engulfed the building 3 The fire was extinguished after nearly four hours, then the rubble was cleared, Gaidai said adding thirty people were evacuated from the rubble, seven of whom were injured. 4 Sixty people were likely to have died under the rubble of buildings. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of targeting civilians in the war, which Moscow denies. >> See pg 7 Recruitment to fill nearly 10,000 government positions in the run-up to the February assembly elections had generated much political heat with allegations of political interference and also corruption in the processes, flying thick and fast. Not just the Opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but legislators of the ruling BJP led by current Revenue Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, too had raised serious questions over the fairness and lack of transparency in the recruitment drive. The processes to recruit junior engineers in the Public Works Department (PWD) and multiple category staff in >Continued on P5 PANAJI an the Mankurado, the king of Goan mangoes, take on the mighty Alphonso, the king of mangoes itself? On May 5, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant confessed his weakness for the Mankurado and even dared to say that he favoured the Goan variety of mango over the more conventionally known and popular Alphonso, which is a native species to Maharashtra. Popular as the Mankurado may be in Goa, a string of obstacles stand in the way of the indigenous mango strain, from really catapulting into national and international glory. According to state Agriculture Director – incidentally an Alphonso himself – Nevil C THE WAY FORWARD FOR THE KING Need to form Mango Development Board under an IAS officer Mangoes need to be produced commercially on a large scale Government intervention required Plant mango trees along roads and their care and harvest taken through contractual means Plan should be for the next 20-25 years at the end of which huge land could be brought under fruit bearing tree production Standard operating procedures needed to maintain quality of the crop Creating a mango data bank can also help Guidelines for farmers as to when to pluck mangoes Every farmer should be made to register his mango trees, so that the government will have full data about mango production in State Alphonso low production of the Mankurado and its shorter shelf life are some of the key issues which stand in the way of the Mankurado boom. “There is no doubt that the Mankurado mango is the best mango. However, the shell life of the Mankurado mango is less as compared to the shell life of the Ratnagiri Alphonso mango which remains fresh for more days which makes it transportation friendly. Al- phonso mango has good pulp and it is normal(ly) sweet”, Alphonso said, adding that the dark yellow colour of the mango adds to its customer appeal. The Mankurado is very popular in Goa, however some of the sub-varieties of Mankurado mango are laced with threads in the pulp, he said. “A small state of ours has around 5000 hectare of land under mango production, of which around 70 percent is Mankurado cultivation and in the rest of the land other varieties of mangoes are grown”, said Alphonso. He however said that there is no scope for the genetic improvement of Mankurado. “If we Genetically improve the mankurado plant, then it will not be (called a) mankurado. Now, to increase the shelf life, there is some technology coming up. Some people are using cold storage, ionisation. But still there is a question of commercial viability of these methods”, said Alphonso, adding that such methods work only IPL: Du Plessis, Hasaranga set up RCB’s massive win over SRH 12 Apex court verdict on track-doubling may be out today THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The fate of the railway double-tracking, one of the three controversial linear projects cutting through protected forests in and around Mollem, may be out on Monday with the Supreme Court of India expected to rule on the recommendation to scrap it submitted by its own fact-finding Central Empowered Committee (CEC). The project is one among three, aside from the Tamnar Power Project and the expansion of a national highway, which have been challenged before the Apex court for alleged violation of Wildlife protection and Forest laws. The CEC had submitted its report recommending that the railway double tracking project be scrapped in April last year after conducting extensive site inspections and holding deliberations with stakeholders, The CEC had submitted its report recommending that the railway double tracking project be scrapped in April last year after conducting extensive site inspections and holding deliberations with stakeholders, including environmentalists including environmentalists. It recommended complete cancellation of the double-tracking of the railway line from Castle Rock in Karnataka to Kulem in Goa. Environmentalists and Goa’s civil society has led an intense year-long campaign protesting against the projects alleging potential destruction in Mollem National Park and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary. Power play: Highways in dark as depts pass buck NHAI responsible for maintenance: Sudin THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A tug-of-war seems to have broken out between the Electricity Department and the Public Works Department over the maintenance of lights along the national highways. A number of accidents in recent days have been attributed to the non-functioning of lights and dark patches along the highways. Despite several complaints, authorities have not taken note and instead seem to pass the buck. Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar says responsibility of maintaining the electrical fixtures along newly constructed highways lies with the Public Works Department. “The responsibility lies with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Once the national highway is built, it is their responsibility to maintain it for a period of five years. The NHAI then needs to hand over the responsibility to the Power Department”, Dhavalikar said. The minister says, this right of handing over the responsibility is not done… so the Power Department cannot take up the responsibility of maintaining the lights. Mankurado can dethrone Alphonso from its leafy perch! THE GOAN I NETWORK SPORTS for consumers who are willing to shell more, because its cost is expected to increase. While in the current season, a good crop has led to a drop in the rates of the Mankurado mango, in Maharashtra, according to the official the Alphonso mangoes are commercially planted with a systematic approach, as against in Goa, where commercial plantations of the local variety are virtually non-existent. “We have traditional mangoes (plantations) which are not maintained. Our farmers have a maximum of 10 mango trees. However, in Ratnagiri district a single farmer has more than 1000 trees. 90 percent of Goan farmers have less land and they also have multiple plantations like >Continued on P5 WAR OF WORDS DHAVALIKAR SPEAK Once the national highway is built, it is their responsibility to maintain it for a period of five years The NHAI then needs to hand over the responsibility to the Power Department CABRAL’S RETORT When I was incharge of the power portfolio, I personally took interest in the maintenance of lights along the highways PWD is responsible to maintain the lights wherever work is going. Once work is complete we will hand over maintenance to the power dept “The Power Department will get the right to maintain lights along highways only if PWD hands over the responsibility”, Dhavalikar said adding his department is not to be blamed for the mishaps due to dark spots along the highways. When questioned further, Dhavalikar shot back, “ask the PWD about it, not me”. PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral who was the power minister during his previous tenure, however, begged to differ saying last time when I was incharge of the power portfo- lio, I personally took interest in the maintenance of lights along the highways. “The lights along the Varnapuri-Airport highway were maintained by the power department”, he said. He, however agreed with Dhavalikar saying, wherever work is going on, PWD has to maintain the lights along the highways. “PWD is responsible to maintain the lights wherever work is going. Once the work is complete we will hand over >Continued on P5
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