log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 14 pages GOA MUCB depositors get final call to submit claims Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 94 2 GOA Joined BJP unconditionally, will accept any responsibility, says Kamat 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Seven household chores pregnant women should avoid Govt to force-retire staff over non-performance HEADS OF DEPTS TOLD TO STOP SEEKING TRANSFERS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa government has decided to take strict action against non-performing government employees to the extent of their retirement from service. An office memorandum (OM) by the General Administrative Department (GAD) has directed the heads of departments in the Secretariat to stop the practice of transferring non-performing staff and instead examine such recommendations henceforth. “Instances have come to the notice and time and again various requests are being received by this Department from the Departments housed in the Secretariat to replace IN SHORT >> Restricted water to Bardez, Bicholim GOVT MAY HAVE TOUGH JOB AT HAND Order will apply to only those officers who have completed a minimum of 30 years in service A government servant will have to be issued a notice of not less than three months in writing or three months’ pay and allowances in lieu of such notice Those in Group ‘A’ or Group ‘B’ service or post in a substantive, quasi-permanent or temporary capacity and had joined before attaining the age of 35 years, after he has attained the age of 50 years; or after he has attained the age of 55 years will be on the radar The rule however does not have instructions for non-performing employees below 30 years of service The order is in line with Centre’s directive to crack a whip on non- performing employees issued two years ago some staff due to their lethargic approach towards office duties, disobedience, frequent late coming and for their “absolutely no interest to learn” behaviour,” reads the OM signed by Under Secretary (GA-I) Shaila Bhosle. The GAD hitherto granted enough opportunity to such staff by transferring them to departments with less workload. However, they continued to underperform prompting the government to use this yardstick. “Taking cognizance of repeated complaints from the heads of the departments, the Appointing Authority decided to initiate strict action against the underperforming and non-performing employees. They will be charged with THE GOAN I NETWORK MMC chief, GFP have task cut out Chargesheet filed in Achari murder case PANAJI: After almost three months of the gruesome murder of assistant professor Gauri Achari, the Old Goa police has filed a chargesheet against accused Gaurav Bidre before the District & Sessions Court. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES Low: High: 31 C 23 C 90% 01.15 08.49 14.55 19.36 >Continued on P5 CM arrives from Delhi, rules out portfolio change AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE MAPUSA: The PWD has informed that entire Bardez and part of Bicholim talukas will get restricted water supply for two days on September 22 and 23 due to installation of a new pump at 50 MLD water treatment plant in Assonora. MARGAO: As the countdown has begun for the no trust motion against the MMC Chairperson scheduled on September 23, the Goa Forward-backed Chairperson has a clear cut task to ensure that at least three of the ruling councillors abstain from the special meeting convened on Friday to decide the no confidence motion. >> See pg 2 dereliction of duties under FR 56 (j) which empowers the appropriate authority to retire any government servant in public interest,” it said adding, “The heads of offices of all the departments in the Secretariat are required to take note of the same and henceforth any request for transfer of staff due to lack of performance shall be examined under the purview of this office memorandum”, the note says. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training) on August 28, 2020, issued the Office Memorandum to strengthen the administrative machinery Devotees jubilate as curtains came down on the Ganesh festivities in Margao on Tuesday. Thousands participated in the immersion procession of Lord Ganesh from the Swami Samarth Gad Temple. Santosh Mirajkar Accused of rape in UK, Goan-origin man arrested from Betalbatim home THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI A Portuguese national of Goan origin was on Tuesday arrested in connection with a rape case registered in London, United Kingdom, five years ago. Armed with a non-bailable warrant issued against Jose Inacio Cota alias Sharif by the New Delhi Court, the Crime Branch (CB) of Goa Police picked him up from his ancestral home in Betalbatim. He was arrested and produced before the judicial magistrate first class, Margao that remanded him to four days police custody to produce him before the Extradition Court in New Delhi. The man is accused of raping a woman in a pub in London on May 28, 2017. He escaped to India on June 5, 2017, while an arrest warrant was issued on June 11, 2019, by the UK Court. An extradition request was sent by the UK Government to the Ministry of External Affairs of India on September 18, 2020, followed by a complaint filed before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi Court by the Central Government on March 26, 2021. The NBW was then issued on July 3, 2021, which was forwarded to the CB through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Central >Continued on P5 VASCO Stating that his visit to Delhi was only to introduce the newly joined MLAs with BJP party leaders and to discuss both Lok Sabha seats, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant denied there would be any change in portfolios of ministers. Sawant was speaking to reporters at Dabolim airport after he along with BJP State President Sadanand Tanavade and other MLAs arrived from New Delhi in the wee hours of Tuesday. “We had gone with the new MLAs to meet our party national president J P Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah and we discussed ways to take forward works of the party,” said Sawant. “We also had discussions on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections because we want to win both the seats this time around. We have not decided on any change in portfolios as of now and I cannot commit any thing as of now.” Tanavade said they were advised to work together to strengthen the party in Goa, while also strengthening each constituency as well. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy and we could not meet him. There are no plans of a reshuffle in the portfolios,” said Tanavade. Tanavade also said there was no scope of him being angry over the entry of the eight congress MLAs. AS ARMY TRIES TO ‘INDIANISE’ FORCE… More British-era honours, symbols may be dropped AGENCIES NEW DELHI fter the Navy adopted a new naval ensign earlier this month, dropping a colonial-era vestige of the Saint George’s Cross, the Army will also be reviewing a range of British-era practices that are still followed by the force, to see if they can be discarded. As per defence sources, discussions to do away with some of these legacy practices have been underway for over two years now and some of the changes have been implemented as well. The plans gathered pace after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March last year spoke about enhancing A WINDS OF CHANGE Some existing customs, traditions of the Army, uniforms and accoutrements, regulations and laws having roots in colonial and pre-colonial era to be reviewed Colonial-era names and insignia of an Army unit or crest as well as various legacy customs and traditions to be reviewed indigenisation in military equipment as well as in doctrines, procedures and customs followed by the Armed Forces at the Combined Reviews likely on pre-Independence battle honours Present practice of grant of honorary commissions to Junior Commissioned Officers to be discussed Change in existing system of appointing a Colonel of Regiment Military ceremonies Commanders Conference in Gujarat’s Kevadia. Some of the existing customs and traditions of the Army, uniforms and accou- such as Beating the Retreat or military funerals in modern hearse vehicles and not in gun carriages mooted Renaming of units, establishments and institutes -- especially those set up during colonial era and carrying an English name may change trements, regulations and laws having their roots in the colonial and pre-colonial era will need a review. Renaming of units, estab- lishments and institutes -especially those set up during the colonial era and carrying an English name -- including the Pune-based Queen Mary’s Technical Institute for Differently Abled Soldiers, colonial-era names and insignia of an Army unit or crest as well as various legacy customs and traditions, including Officers’ mess procedures, also likely to be reviewed. Discussions on affiliation of Army units with foreign armies and that of the Army with Commonwealth Graves Commission are also in the pipeline. There will be reviews on pre-Independence battle honours, which several units of the Army were awarded in the past by the British. 9 SPORTS 1st T20I: Australia tears into Indian attack, takes 1-0 lead 14 Finally, Cong names CLP leader, Yuri to don mantle Ferreira welcomes, says will work as a team THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI/MAPUSA Days after eight of its MLAs switched over to the BJP, the Congress on Tuesday appointed Yuri Alemao as its new legislature party leader in Goa. “Congress President has appointed Yuri Alemao as Leader, Congress Legislature Party (CLP), Goa with immediate effect,” an official communication from the party said. The Congress had earlier removed its former CLP leader Michael Lobo for alleged anti-party activities. On September 14, MLAs Digambar Kamat, Michael Lobo, Delilah Lobo, Kedar Naik, Rajesh Phaldesai, Sankalp Amonkar, Rudolf Fernandes and Aleixo Sequeira joined the BJP after passing a resolution in a CLP meeting. Welcoming Yuri’s appointment, Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira called for working as a team to re- build the party. Ferreira said he has accepted the decision of the central party leaders to appoint Yuri Alemao, as the new CLP leader and they will work to revive and rebuild the party in the State. “We are three MLAs, so any one of us could have been appointed as CLP leader. We had Goa Forward merger will strengthen Cong: Ferreira MAPUSA: Stating that it was high time for like-minded forces to join hands, Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira on Tuesday said if Goa Forward Party merges into the Congress, then the grand old party will be “strengthened”. “Vijai Sardesai is originally a Congressman and a firebrand leader, who is now holding the reins of the Goa Forward Party. We are in alliance with Vijai. There is an ideological like-mindedness between us. He is a leader in his own right and I have known him since his student leader days. We will be strengthened if he joins us. It is time for all forces to realign to defeat the forces that are trampling upon the constitution and trying to make democracy redundant,” Ferreira said, while speaking to journalists. met our party higher ups who had taken our views. I am happy that Yuri has been appointed as CLP leader. I congratulated him and told him that we will work together to revive the Congress party. We will do a good job given that all are together and all will remain together and will work together. Whatever the party has decided, I will always accept it,” he said. Along with Alemao, the Aldona MLA was also in the race for the CLP leadership and was frontrunner for the post. “It’s not a matter of you and me. It’s a matter of working as a team and rebuilding the party. In politics, one can expect many things. You may have aspirations and hopes, you may succeed or not,” he said. He further said that Congress will look forward to fresh ideas from new people and with the guidance of the senior leaders will work to strengthen the party. Goa Cong rallies behind Rahul to take over AICC prez post MAPUSA: Amidst the clamour for the Gandhi scion to take up the lead role in the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Goa Congress on Tuesday passed a resolution that Rahul Gandhi should be unanimously elected to the top post of the party. The resolution was passed in a meeting attended by the PCC delegates who vote in the President’s election, including Member of Parliament Francisco Sardinha who proposed the resolution, GPCC President Amit Patkar and other senior leaders. >> See pg 3
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