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Memorandum to the Governor of Goa
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goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
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March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
Permalink
March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
Permalink
March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
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March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
Permalink
March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
Permalink
March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
Herald/Gomantak Times/ Daily Gomantak/ Sunaprant/Goa
Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
Bharat/Pudhari/Navhind Times/Navprabha.

Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

***
Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.
goasuraj
2005-03-29 08:52:15 UTC
Permalink
March 29, 2005

To,
The Editor,
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Toady/Goanet/Goagoans/Ixtt/Goa Messenger/Goan Observer/Tarun
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Sir,

Attached herewith please find a copy of the Memorandum handed over to the
Governor of Goa, when the Party's five member delegation met with the
Governor at Raj Bhavan on March 28, 2005.

Also please find herewith the Party's announcement for kind publication
and awareness of the people of Goa.

Thanking you,
for Goa Su-Raj Party.

Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President/Spokesperson.



Press Note:

Goa Su-Raj Party is happy to announce that it will contest the forth-coming
bye-elections in the State in all the five constituencies. The process of
interviewing of the prospective candidates has begun.

Goa Su-Raj Party believes that the people of Goa will ultimately have to
make their choices either to send their representatives to the State
Assembly holding their neck-ropes in their own hands, to chart a
non-deviating course for Goa's progress or ones who will be 'free birds'
to fly as they please, once elected.

The people of Goa must think of enriching their own lives, most importantly,
the future of their children for a change, rather than thinking of enriching
the bank balances and muscle power of their representatives.

END.

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Our Reference: GSRP/MD/GOG/03/05.
March 28, 2005
To:
Mr. S C Jamir,
The Governor of Goa,
Raj Bhavan,
Dona Paula - Goa.
M E M O R A N D U M
The Goa Su-Raj Party wishes to place before your Excellency some of the
problems besetting the Government administration in Goa for the past number
of years, and which unfortunately, instead of being corrected by the
successive Governments, have been left to fester, thus allowing the same to
take a strangle hold on the citizens of this State and their daily lives,
thereby increasing their unhappiness and the pervasive sense of helplessness
and frustration. This party believes that the imposition of Presidents rule,
though short in its duration, may yet be able not only to cure some of the
more glaring examples of the malaise affecting our State and will hopefully,
give a new direction to the performance in various departments of the
Government which have been allowed to be rudderless for more effective
manipulation by the erstwhile administrations.
The following points, though not exhaustive of the manifold requirements,
will still be able to satisfy the citizen to some extent, if tackled
seriously.
A. Law and Order:
1. The police force must act in an impartial manner whilst enforcing
the law. This will be possible only if the police are not subservient to the
powers that be, and are allowed to function without fear nor favour. At the
same time, it is necessary that strict discipline be maintained so that the
police force does not think that it is above the law.
2. Police postings and promotions have to be scrupulously monitored so
that corruption within the police force is minimized, if not eradicated,
specially when it comes to so called 'lucrative postings' for which big
money is reported to flow between the inferior and the superior.
3. The performance of the traffic police is pathetic to say the least.
Indiscipline on the roads is ninety per cent ascribable to the almost total
absence of police on the roads and highways and at other times due to
incompetent performance. A system of checks and balances is to be enforced
immediately where each traffic policeperson on the road will give a daily
report of the type and number of traffic violations that he or she has
booked on a particular day. This would serve not only as a deterrent to the
innumerous traffic violations taking place daily on our roads, thereby
reducing the accident rate, but also give a strong message to the traffic
police that their actions are being monitored.
4. It is noticed that many underage motorcyclists are on the roads with
impunity solely because, even though many times they are in school uniforms,
the police has not acted as it should.
5. It has been noticed that the old Mandovi bridge is many times used
for two way traffic. Though on one side i.e. on the Panjim side, there is a
traffic sign board that it is a one way to go out of Panjim, on the other
side the sign board has been bent. Despite complaints to the Panjim police
by many citizens including members of this Party, nothing has been done and
not even a policeperson posted at either end of the bridge. In this manner,
the police department gives a clear message that traffic laws can be broken
with impunity.
6. There is need for unannounced late night and early morning
patrolling not only on the highways, but also in the villages.
7. The police should monitor all advertisements wherein jobs are being
offered abroad, as well as financial schemes offering high returns on
investment. Known places for drug dealing and peddling namely nightclubs and
so called night markets to be monitored with greater seriousness. Raves
parties to be banned or may be held only in areas where there are no
residences at a distance of one kilometer and strictly monitored.
8. Prosecution of the culprits involved in the BJP sponsored Fontainhas
(Mala) defacement case, the Mapusa based Mandarin Hotel assault and arson as
well as the disturbance caused at the Governor's Palace. Investigation of
several murder , rape and arson cases that have gone unsolved.

B. Garbage Collection:
The previous Governments seem to have found this problem to be intractable,
since despite a lot of talk in the papers, no permanent solution has been
arrived at, with the result that cities like Mapusa, Margao and others, as
well as semi urban villages are totally reliant on ad hoc solutions which
have to be ultimately abandoned after heavy expenditure. We suggest:
1. That a white paper on Goa's garbage collection, segregation and its
effective treatment be brought out and that several areas be identified
where this process can take place without undue inconvenience to the
surrounding villages or towns. For this purpose, it is necessary that
socially conscious NGOs and various Government Departments seriously
participate in a time bound study and report their findings.
2. Though the citizens sought to cooperate with the Panjim Municipality
to segregate various types of garbage, unfortunately, the very Municipality
made a mockery of this effort by mixing up the garbage at the time of its
collection. This is one of the examples which provokes cynicism and
disrespect for the Government in the citizen's mind.
3. There is a garbage dumping site near Vasco's MPT hospital. Such
dumping has to be stopped immediately. Such a representation has been made
to your Excellency by the NRI delegation headed by Mr. Jerome Mendes of
Verna.
4. After a plan has been drawn up for effective garbage collection, a
documentary film on the various steps to be undertaken by the Government and
the procedures to be followed by the citizen for serious and effective
garbage collection and treatment is to be prepared and widely disseminated.
5. Every shopkeeper, vegetable and meat vendor, whether in centralized
markets or in any other place has to compulsorily have in his premises a
garbage bin. This is necessary as it is noticed that ninety nine per cent of
these people either sweep the garbage on the roadside or dump it in the
nearest culvert, thus creating major health hazards and/or dirtying the
roadside.
6. Things like plastic/glass bottles, flowers used on deities and even
household garbage packed in plastic bags are randomly thrown out of running
public transport buses as well as by private vehicle owners. This must be
curtailed by placing waste collection bins in buses and discourage private
vehicle owners through stiff fines.
7. Port health officers must see to it that no berthed or anchored
vessels in the port of Mormugao discharge their daily garbage into the sea.

C. Mapusa Market:
This market is advertised in our tourism brochures as a "must-see" for
tourists, and in fact thousands of them visit it regularly. Unfortunately,
to our great shame, the Mapusa Municipal Council has done precious little to
maintain it hygienically or in proper order as it used to be when it was
built and maintained during the Portuguese days. In this market, cattle roam
freely and it is strewn with cow dung, motorcycles and rickshaws enter it at
all hours with impunity, and cause inconvenience and danger to the public.
There is stinking vegetable matter and other garbage strewn all over the
place. Due to improper drainage, specially in the middle and rear areas of
the market, where new structures were allowed to come up, there is
accumulation of filthy water in the passages during the monsoons, making
life miserable for everyone, shoppers, vendors et al. We make the following
suggestions for the improvement of the situation:
1. Segregate different sections by allotting spaces for the sale of
vegetables, fruits, etc. On Fridays, which is a day when the villagers from
Bardez bring their wares to the market, a special place is to be allotted
to these people.
2. Clearing of all internal pavements of the market (which otherwise
has been ordered by the High Court) and all other passages in the market.
3. Proper cleaning and washing of the market area before it opens for
business namely between 6-7 a.m.
4. Clear and separate dumping in allotted bins for Municipal garbage
clearance (point B5 above to be implemented).
5. Complete ban on two, three and four wheelers from entering or
parking within the market. Supply vehicles to enter the market only after 9
p.m. and not earlier.
6. Installation of animal guard gates at various market entrances, and
the Municipality to post guards or other officers at those entrances to
enforce these rules.
7. Building of drainage gutters and connecting them to the areas where
new shops have been built to prevent accumulation of water during monsoons.

The same rules/suggestions to be made applicable to markets in Margao,
Panjim, Vasco da Gama and others.

D. Enforcement of Ban On Public Address Systems Beyond Certain
Hours:
1. The police has to monitor and enforce the law against noise
pollution. Strict check must be kept on the usage of public address systems
in the open air. The Collectors and the Deputy Collectors must ensure that
permissions for such public address systems namely funnel type loud speakers
are utilized only for public meetings, special outdoor religious ceremonies,
school sports meets etc. and for no other purpose. All others wishing to use
the sound system must use the box system up to the permissible hours and
within the permissible decibel levels.
2. All vehicles using air horns and multi-toned horns have to be
heavily fined and the horns confiscated, in order to enforce provisions of
the Motor Vehicles Act rule 111 (2) (b) & rule 119 of 1989 prohibiting such
usage. ( A copy of the communication to the RTO by the Goa Environmental
Action Group (GEAG) dated 10/03/05 has been marked to your Excellency).
Appropriate directions to be given to the RTO and to the police in this
respect.

E. River Princess:
An investigation is to be ordered into the role of the erstwhile Manohar
Parrikar Government in the delay involved in the removal of the River
Princess and the belated award of the tender for its removal to Croschem
Pvt. Ltd. All efforts to be made to remove this curse which has affected
tourism and the local population of Candolim and Calangute. Investigation is
also to be instituted into the disappearance of the machinery of the River
Princess and culpability ascribed.

F. Panjim City In Relation To IFFI Works:
An investigation to be ordered into the issue of tenders by the GSIDC for
contracts of public works carried out in the city as well as at the Kala
Academy. There is apprehension, as already voiced by the mayor of Panjim,
that the city may be inundated by floods during the monsoons, which are not
very far away, as storm water drains are clogged or have been tampered with
during the development, and which require immediate attention.

The suggested investigation should include an inquiry into the contractor or
contractors involved in the works and responsible for such damage and
compensation to be awarded against them quantified.

G. Panchayats:
The Panchayat Raj Act provides that certain actions or omissions of a
Panchayat body are to be considered as being "remiss in their duties". This
authorizes the Director of Panchayats to dismiss such a Sarpanch as well as
to initiate disciplinary action against the Secretary ( who is a Government
servant) attached to the said Panchayat. It is noticed that nothing of this
has ever been initiated by the Director, thereby encouraging the Sarpanch
and/or the Secretary of the Panchayat to harass the citizen who, is not
amenable to bribery or other forms of corruption. Massive illegalities are
taking place everywhere, but more so in the coastal belt where tourism is
thriving. The faith of the people in these bodies has been eroded due to
total lack of oversight by the Directorate of Panchayat s. This requires to
be rectified and as a first step, the Director of Panchayats should be asked
to maintain a register wherein all appeals filed by the citizens before the
BDO or the Deputy Director of Panchayats or before the Director himself and
which have been granted should be compiled and the Sarpanch and/or Secretary
responsible for such actions which prompted the appeal to be identified and
the number of such faults to be analyzed so that action may be taken against
the culprits.

I. Right to Information Act:
The Right to Information Act has been enacted in order to provide the
citizen the right to have information regarding various aspects of
government functioning at all levels. This right is a necessary corollary to
the right of free speech and hence therefore been recognized as important so
that the alert citizen may be better informed and then act as per his/her
conscience.
It is noticed, however, that most of the government departments are
sabotaging this right by not providing the documents sought and thus
frustrate the efforts of well-intentioned citizens. Not everyone has the
time or inclination to go in appeals against refusals or out-right
in-action on the part of the concerned departments. In order to have proper
enforcement of this law, it is necessary that the heads of departments or
those people who are responsible under the Act to issue such certified
copies of the documents be made accountable for refusals or in-action and it
is to be considered as a misconduct on the part of the official concerned
liable to be included in their 'Service Book'

It is our belief that you, Sir, sincerely wish to improve the administration
in the State of Goa. We are also aware that you will be advised on many
aspects of the administration by persons who may not necessarily have the
best interests of Goa at heart, unbeknownst to you. A note of caution
therefore would not be out of place and we sincerely wish that you will
accept our suggestion in this regard in the spirit in which it is given,
namely that we also wish for Goa all that is best for it. Hence, please look
into the backgrounds of whoever is suggested to you as an advisor and/or as
a prominent citizen of Goa. His/her actions in the past will speak volumes.

We thank you for having taken your time to give us a patient hearing and we
assure you of our full-hearted cooperation in achieving the aim of having a
good administration for this beautiful State of ours and its people.

Yours Sincerely,
for Goa Su-Raj Party
Sd/-
(Floriano C. Lobo)
President.

Members of the Goa Su-Raj Party delegation to meet with the Governor at Raj
Bhavan on March 28, 2005 at 4.30 p.m., are:

1. Mr. Floriano C. Lobo, President
2. Dr. N.S. Dumo, Vice President.
3. Mr. Bernard D'Sousa, Executive Member.
4. Adv. Antonio J.B. Lobo, Executive Member.
5. Mr. Mathew Pereira, Member.

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