log on to thegoan.net FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2022 @thegoaneveryday 14 pages PRICE ` 6 Spurt in Covid cases, 112 test positive PANAJI: Daily fresh Covid-19 cases crossed the 100 mark for the second time in the last three days with 112 of the 1,225 samples testing positive in the last 24 hours. The health bulletin said Goa’s positivity rate stood at 9.14%. IPS Bosco George named SP Security PANAJI: In an order issued by the Personnel Department on Thursday, IPS Officer Bosco George has been appointed as Superintendent of Police (Security). In addition to his duties, he will also hold charge of Commandant IRBn, FRRO and SP (SPCR). Delhi tourist held for driving car on beach MAPUSA: A group of tourists from Delhi had to pay dearly for driving a car at Vagator beach after the car got stuck in the sand and partially submerged in the sea. The driver was later arrested. >> See pg 3 GST Council to meet at end of month NEW DELHI: The GST Council, chaired by FM Nirmala Sitharaman, will meet on June 28 and 29 in Srinagar. “The 47th meeting of the GST Council will be held on June 28-29, 2022 in Srinagar,” the finance minister’s office tweeted. HC rejects poll plea against Modi, Shah NAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has dismissed a review petition, which sought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah be disqualified under Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1951. Sensex tumbles as Fed hikes rates MUMBAI: Equity indices faced heavy drubbing on Thursday after an initial rally, with the Sensex tanking 1,045.60 points amid a largely bearish trend overseas after the US Federal Reserve hiked rates by 75 basis points. SC warns Yogi govt on bulldozers NEW DELHI: Amid allegations of Uttar Pradesh using bulldozers to target those who protested the controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad, SC sternly said, “demolitions have to be in accordance with law”. WEATHER >> Max: 31 C Min: 25.1 C Humidity: 91% TIDES Low: High: 06:25 19:25 13:40 ------- The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VII, NO. 360 GOA 6 Sewage discharge: Clock ticking for authorities on HC deadline RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA Govt to auction unclaimed vehicles causing obstruction in Panaji POWER FOR IPB TO DEAL WITH CHANGE IN LAND-USE ISSUES THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The draft of a new industrial policy for Goa was unveiled on Thursday which lays thrust on promoting Information Technology (IT) and IT-enabled services, besides up-market ventures in the hospitality sector. Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho who released the draft of the new Industrial policy for the State said it will be open for feedback, scrutiny and suggestions from stakeholders and the general public until the start of the monsoon session of the Assembly in early July. The ‘Goa Industrial Growth and Promotion policy 2022’ will focus on reforms which will ensure transparency in land allocation and improve Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) quotient via a single-window system to grant permissions for industries to set up shop here, Godinho said. Clearances will be granted in a maximum of three months for large industries and in one month for others, he said. Land reforms and incen- POLICY DRAFT: KEY TAKEAWAYS To focus on reforms to ensure transparency in land allocation Ease of Doing Business to be improved via a single-window system to grant permissions for industries Clearances to be granted in a maximum three months for large industries and one month for others Emphasis on land reforms and incentives for expansion of existing businesses Assures that absorption of local human resource will be incentivised Land reforms to be weaved into the policy; Moves afoot to identify, document land bank Land maps with details of land available and where it is located will be up on website tives for expansion of existing businesses will be the other focus areas of the new policy, Godinho said, adding that the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) will be given powers by statute to deal with change in land-use issues. The industries minister said that the provision to make 80 per cent local employment compulsory is not practical and has not been included in the policy but assured that absorption of local human resource will be incentivised. On the land reforms to be weaved into the policy, Godinho said, his ministry is currently identifying and documenting a land bank, a registry of sorts of industrial land already available in Goa, including in existing Industrial Estates as well as privately held land. Sudin does flip-flop, now says Tamnar is good for the State Over 60 cases of land frauds, SIT to hold detailed inquiry: Sawant THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Raising concern over large number of cases of frauds in land ownership and sale, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said the Special Investigative Team (SIT) will conduct a thorough probe into some 60 such deals over the last decade and more. “At least 60-70 cases have come to light, spread across all talukas but majority are in coastal talukas of Tiswadi, Bardez and Salcete”, Sawant said, referring to his government’s decision to set up the SIT under the Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch). Sawant termed it a big land scam and promised that the SIT will go into each case to identify and nab the culprits at the earliest. The SIT has been formed collaboratively among the departments of revenue, registration and archaeology and will function under the SP Crime, he said. PANAJI Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said the Tamnar power transmission project is necessary for Goa, adding that with the present Supreme Court’s decision on alignment of line, there will be no destruction of trees. “Many people have a negative opinion about the Tamnar project. At one time, I too used to say it was bad. Now, a new alignment connecting the Supa line has been approved by the Supreme Court. We don’t have to cut new trees now. Only those trees causing problems to the present line will be cut. We have decided that a new project line will be laid along the present line,” said Dhavalikar. Stating that the Supa electricity development project in Karnataka generates 2600 Mw through solar energy, Dhavalikar said Goa receives 1200 If we are getting this energy at a throwaway price, we should go ahead. If we don’t go for this power purchase, then Goa has to increase the power rate” — Sudin Dhavalikar, Power Minister Mw of this 2600 Mw generated at Supa. “If we are getting this energy at a throwaway price, we should go ahead. If we don’t go for this power purchase, then Goa has to increase the power rate, he added,” said Dhavalikar. Dhavalikar said following his suggestion, then CM late Manohar Parrikar had taken a decision to merge the power >Continued on P5 THE GOAN I NETWORK ‘Agnipath’ protests rage, trains set afire AGENCIES NEW DELHI Violent protests against the new ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for the armed forces spread from Bihar to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, as well as parts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and even national capital Delhi on Thursday. The ‘Agnipath’ scheme was announced on Tuesday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the three service chiefs. Latest protests have been reported from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, with visuals showing the Birlanagar railway station ransacked. Trash cans were set on fire and left on the railway tracks and the windows of some trains were broken. Nearly 1,000 to 1,200 youth were part of the stir at Gwali- Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday 2 14 3 Draft industrial policy unveiled; Administrators to be appointed to govern focus on info-tech, land reforms p’yats by Monday Eco-friendly tech comes with its own environmental costs IN SHORT >> Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday Govt: Will bring dynamism to armed forces Smoke billows after protesters set fire to a train at Chapra railway station on Thursday. or and Birlanagar railway stations. They threw stones at trains, and railway employees present at the spot said they somehow escaped to prevent themselves from getting hurt. Delhi-Mumbai track was completely affected owing to the ransack of the railway stations. Earlier today, an angry crowd set a train ablaze at Chhapra in Bihar’s Saran dis- trict. Protestors in the eastern state’s Bhabhua set a coach of an intercity express on fire, and smashed the windows of the carriage. In Jehanabad, protestors pelted stones and injured several people, including police forces who chased them away to clear the railway tracks. Protests also erupted in Haryana’s Rewari where police resorted to baton-charge NEW DELHI: As violent protests against the new recruitment scheme Agnipath raged across several states, the government on Thursday issued a clarification, asserting that not only the new model will bring in new capabilities to the armed forces but will also open up avenues for youth in the private sector. >> See pg 7 after angry armed forces aspirants gathered outside the bus stand, disrupting transport services for an hour. Solar energy policy during Assembly session: Dhavalikar PANAJI: Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said the State government would announce the solar energy policy in the upcoming assembly session which begins from July 8. “At present, 70-80 Mw of electricity is produced in the State through solar projects, gas energy or other private projects of Sesa Goa. Our aim is that we should cross 150 Mw in one year,” said Dhavalikar. >> See pg 3 “Details of this land bank will be made available in the public domain on the department’s website,” Godinho said, adding that it will ensure transparency in the process of allotting land to upcoming industries. Land maps with details of how much land is available and where it is located will be up on the website, he said. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Goa chapter, meanwhile congratulated Godinho and the government for the thrust given to existing industries and encouragement to new industries through The Goa Industrial Growth and Investment Promotion Policy 2022. In a statement issued after Godinho unveiled the policy, CII Goa said it thanks the State government for accepting its long standing recommendations and also steps taken to improve Ease of Doing Business for industry in Goa. The processes for setting up of new industries in a time bound manner, granting of permissions based on a declaration, introducing common application form system and empowering IPB to authorise land conversions are some of the key proposals in the new policy the CII singled out for appreciation. “CII with its Centers of Excellence and advisory support to governments across States in India, will continue to extend support to Goa government and looks forward to promote ease of doing business for industry and employment generation by providing further inputs,” CII Goa said. SPORTS T20: India eye another must-win game to level series against SA THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Panchayats Minister Mauvin Godinho on Thursday said the government will appoint administrators to run the affairs of all 186 panchayats whose terms are ending by Monday. The terms of these panchayat bodies end on Sunday June 19. “As soon as their term expires, we should have administrators in place. We have already taken the necessary steps. You will see administrators in place much earlier than you expect,” Godinho said. The State government has deferred holding elections to the panchayats after a Supreme Court judgement pertaining to Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra mandated that reservations for OBCs should follow a defined process or the elections be held without reservations. Consequently, the State government decided to defer the elections to enable the State Election Commission follow the procedure for reservation of wards for OBCs. Owing to the decision, the government said it will appoint administrators to run the local bodies in the interim. ZUARI LAND: On the controversy surrounding the land given to Zuari Agro Chemical As soon as their term expires, we should have administrators in place… We have already taken the necessary steps, you will see administrators in place much earlier than you expect” — Mauvin Godinho, Panchayats Minister Limited, Godinho said the government can do very little as third party rights have already been created due to selling and reselling of the land. The State had sold around 500 ha land to ZACL in 1971 at the rate of a meagre 20 paise per sqm for setting up the fertiliser industry. Mauvin, however said there was no mention in 1971 papers that the land was to be used only for industries. “That means the land can be used for something else,” he said. “Now that the land has been transferred to another party who in turn sold it, it is their land. Once such third party rights are created, I don’t know how much we can do to retrieve the land,” he added while asserting government also wanted that the land to be used for industries.
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