log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY JUNE 22, 2022 14 pages GOA PRICE ` 6 3 Illegal constructions mushrooming in Mapusa, CO seeks report Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO.5 5 GOA WRD orders investigation into cutting of mangroves in Carmona Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Simple tips to look beautiful without make-up Panchayat polls: HC puts govt on notice over delay SEEKS URGENT ANSWERS MATTER POSTED FOR JUNE 27 THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Unimpressed by the decision of the State government to effectively postpone the holding of elections to village panchayats, the Bombay High Court at Goa sought an urgent response from the State Government explaining its position not to conduct the elections despite the term having expired on June 18 and instead appointing administrators to look after the affairs of the panchayats. Hearing a petition filed by Sandeep Vazarkar, a former sarpanch of Socorro village, the High Court pointed to the “constitutional mandate” as laid down by the Supreme Court which made it clear that all concerned are obliged to ensure that the newly elected body is installed in every local body before the expiry of 5-year term of the outgoing elected body. The Court made it clear that this constitutional mandate is inviolable. “Neither the State Election Commission nor the State Government or, for that matter, the State Legislature, in- IN SHORT >> Prez poll: BJP names Murmu; Yashwant is Oppn candidate NEW DELHI: The BJP parliamentary board on Tuesday named Draupadi Murmu, the party’s tribal leader from Odisha, as the ruling NDA’s candidate for the presidential election even as Opposition parties, including Congress, NCP and TMC, picked former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their candidate. >> See pg 7 135 more test +ve for Covid in State PANAJI: After a dip on Monday, Covid cases registered a big spurt with 135 more testing positive in the last 24 hours. The daily health bulletin said 1157 samples were tested on Tuesday even as 104 patients recovered. Anganwadis to start from next month PANAJI: All 1,262 Anganwadis in the State are expected to be abuzz from July 1, with the govt deciding to restart these rural childcare centres after a two-year break due to Covid. >> See pg 3 KEY HIGH COURT OBSERVATIONS THE PETITION Constitutional mandate as laid down by SC makes it clear that all are obliged to ensure the newly elected body is installed in every local body before expiry of 5-year term Neither SEC nor State government or State Legislature, including SC can countenance dispensation to the contrary State Government cannot defeat constitutional mandate by refusing to issue a Notification in terms of Rule 10... therefore, the Rules made under the Panchayat Raj Act must yield to the constitutional mandate The matter cannot brook any delay… but to grant reasonable opportunity, we accede to AG’s request and post it for 27/06/2022 Vazarkar had filed the petition to direct the government to complete the process of elections to Village Panchayat Socorro He also challenged appointment of a Statistical Assistant in the office of Director-General of Police as Administrator to govern the affairs of Socorro Panchayat cluding the Supreme Court, in the exercise of powers under Article 142 of the Constitution of India can countenance dispensation to the contrary,” the High Court observed. “We are satisfied that the State Government cannot defeat the constitutional mandate by refusing to issue a Notification in terms of Rule 10 of the said Rules. Therefore, the Rules made under the Panchayat Raj Act must yield to the constitutional mandate,” the High Court said. While the High Court was eager to hear the matter on Wednesday itself -- State advocate general Devidas Pangam submitted that the State would like to file an affidavit in the matter explaining its position and told the court that “there is the issue of reservations and monsoons, which might impede an election.” “The matter, in our opinion, cannot brook any delay. But to grant some reasonable opportunity, we accede to the learned AG’s request and post this matter for further consideration on 27/06/2022. The affidavit-in- reply should be filed on the said date,” the High Court ruled. Vazarkar had filed a petition before the High Court to direct the state government to complete the process of elections to the Village Panchayat Socorro for the term 20222027, now that the term of the Panchayat has concluded. He also challenged the appointment of a Statistical Assistant in the office of the Director-General of Police as Administrator to govern the The ‘changing’ face of tourism in full view DESI TOURISTS CHANGE IN THE OPEN AT COLVA THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Have the changing rooms and toilets stopped tourists from answering nature’s call in the open and change clothes in the open at the world famous Colva beach? Or, have authorities failed to ensure that the visitors change clothes in the changing rooms and at affordable rates, to ensure the tourists put the facility to use? Popular Kannada actor seriously injured in Goa >> See pg 2 These and other questions came to the fore after a group of tourists were found changing clothes after bathing in the sea at the Colva beach square. That the changing room is just a stone’s throw away did not make the tourists use the facility. Instead, they were Tourists change clothes at the Colva beach square when there’s a changing room facility just meters away. Santosh Mirajkar found changing clothes in full public view near their vehicle. When a group of media persons questioned them, they feigned ignorance of the changing room facility. In fact, they pointed out that they would have used the facility if they were made aware that the changing room amenity was available. Locals said it is not uncommon to find tourists changing clothes in the open, either on the beach or when they come on the beach square. Locals further pointed out that the authorities should have a look at the rates charged on using the toilets and changing rooms. Goans shifting gears to e-vehicles THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI hether it has been the escalating cost of fossil fuel or the need to preserve environment, Goans are shifting gears towards battery operated vehicles and sales in the State since 2021 have indicated this trend. While electric vehicles accounted for 2.1 per cent of all vehicle sales in 2021, this has risen to 7 per cent since January. According to figures of vehicle sales in Goa made available by the central ministry, 3,542 electric vehicles have been registered in the State so far, while the total vehicles registered stands at 11,45,041. Most electric vehicles are in the non-transport cate- W YEAR 2020 2021 2022 (Till June) ALL VEHICLES E-VEHICLES PERCENTAGE 42,427 51,000 28,239 gory, while the commercial transport category vehicles are less than 100 so far, which includes 51 KTC electric buses. There has been a steady rise in electric vehicles in the last two years. In 2020, a total of 42,427 vehicles were registered in the State, of which only 80 vehicles were electric vehicles 80 1,094 2,071 0.1% 2.1% 7% (0.1 percent). The next year, as many as 51,000 vehicles were registered in the State and 1,094 of them were electric vehicles (2.1 percent). Sales of EV have risen sharply this year and in the last six months, 2,071 (7%) of the 28,239 vehicles registered in the State were electric vehicles. E-car sales yet to take off Most of the e-vehicles in the State are two-wheelers, with sales of e-cars yet to pick up. According to figures available till May, 2,285 e-scooters were registered in the State, while only 486 electric four-wheelers were registered. It may be noted that Goa has a vehicle density of 625 vehicles for every 1,000 people and is ranked 15th in the world in terms of vehicle density. A scheme for electric vehicles was notified in November 2021 and the government has been providing a subsidy for a maximum of 3000 two-wheelers, 50 three-wheelers and 300 four-wheelers every year. >Continued on P5 affairs of Socorro Panchayat. In his petition, Vazarkar stressed on SC judgement in which it is stated that it is not only a constitutional obligation of SEC but also of the State Government, including of the constitutional Courts, to ensure that the constitutional mandate of holding the timely election is not frustrated. The term of 186 Panchayats in the State of Goa came to an end on 18/06/2022. Therefore, in terms of the constitutional mandate, elections to these Panchayats should have been held before 18/06/2022. The primary responsibility for holding such elections is that of SEC. The SEC made it clear that it supported the claim that elections should be held as early as possible. “The SEC made all arrangements to hold elections on 29/05/2022. After that, the SEC proposed holding elections on 04/06/2022, 11/06/2022, and 17/06/2022. About 22 days are required to complete the process. The SEC was only disabled from holding the elections because of the non-issue of Notification by the government,” GSEC told HC. 9 M’rashtra govt in crisis after Sena leader revolts, lands in Gujarat hotel with MLAs PTI MUMBAI Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Shiv Sena strongman Eknath Shinde plunged the ruling alliance in the State into a political crisis on Tuesday as he rebelled against his party and landed in a Surat hotel along with some Sena MLAs, putting a huge question mark on the stability of the two-and-a-half-years old MVA dispensation. The dramatic turn of events came hours after results of polls to the state Legislative Council on Monday night, which saw the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) losing one of the 6 seats it contested, to the opposition BJP which got all its five nominees elected to the Upper House, possibly on the back of cross-voting in its favour from the ruling bloc besides support from Independents and MLAs from smaller parties. Sena MP Sanjay Raut said 14--15 MLAs are with Shinde in Surat. He also alleged that two of them, including Nitin Deshmukh, have been beaten and he has suffered a heart attack. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party swiftly moved against Shinde and removed him as the party’s group leader in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. SPORTS Ashwin tests Covid positive, ‘misses plane’ for England 14 SIT gets additional manpower to probe land grab cases 22 MORE POLICEMEN DRAFTED IN TEAM THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA With the magnitude of the land grabbing cases growing with every passing day, the State government on Tuesday has transferred and posted additional 22 policemen at the special investigation team (SIT). Three Police Inspectors, five Police Sub Inspectors, two Assistant Sub Inspectors and 12 other police personnel have been asked to join the ongoing SIT investigation in land grab cases with immediate effect on June 22. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed that many new land grabbing cases were coming to light with every passing day. “We have decided to strengthen the SIT constituted to investigate illegal land grabbing/transfer cases by adding 22 more police officials to the team. We will leave no stone unturned to get to the root of the matter and book the culprits,” Sawant said. Sawant also said, “SIT is fully investigating its first case. Many officers from archaeology department, sub-registrar and revenue department are under the scanner. Some SIT takes charge of Fatorda case MARGAO: The infamous land grab case registered by the Fatorda police in June last year against the 15 persons involved in forging documents in mutation proceedings before the Salcete Mamlatdar to get their names including in Form IX of the properties, have been handed over to the Special Investigating Team. >> See pg 2 of these officers have cleared files within one day”. He said at the moment three to four officers were under the scanner and whoever was guilty will have to face the music. In the meanwhile, Mapusa Police, which has registered several land grabbing cases at the police station, on Tuesday sent 21 such cases to the SIT for further investigation. So far, the SIT has arrested one person, Vikrant Shetty from Gogol, Margao involved in the land grabbing cases. A Mapusa court had remanded the accused to five days police custody.
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