Margao: Director of panchayats Rajan Satardekar, on Monday said the state can learn from the garbage management model adopted by Navelim panchayat for addressing the garbage issue Satardekar, who visited Navelim panchayat, which has been declared as one of the six ideal villages for the garbage management, asked the panchayats to prepare a detail proposal on waste management and submit it to the government, assuring that the government is committed to ensure that the garbage issue is resolved in the villages and things will happen in a time-bound manner.
Appreciating the efforts made by the village panchayat, he said that the practice adopted by the village panchayat can be replicated in other villages, which will go a long way in addressing the garbage problem.
He said, “The government will strictly implement the segregation and treatment of garbage, especially, in housing societies, restaurants and hotels, which are mass generators of wet garbage. These establishments have to address the issue of garbage on their own.”
Commenting on the funds for garbage management, he said that the people should be willing to pay for their garbage collection and disposal.
He said that at the moment the government and panchayats are bearing the bulk of the cost but the people have to start paying and people will pay only when a proper system is put in place for disposal of garbage. He said, “The panchayats are classified in four categories, and based on that they are free to employ staff for handling the garbage treatment. There is a need to periodically revise the daily wages for smooth operation of the garbage management plan.”