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Frame Inclusive CZMP

State authorities should correct the wrongs pointed by people IN what can be described as a healthy public participation in the planning and development process the village panchayats of South Goa have begun studying the draft coastal zone management plan (CZMP). While some panchayats have been trying to understand the draft plans themselves, others have sought the help of experts …

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Unlock Gas Pipeline

A special panel of officials needed to cut red tape in piped gas project THOUGH it is just a streak, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the much-delayed piped natural gas project in the state with 25 households getting piped gas. They are from among residents of a housing society at Old Goa; they …

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Building Waterways

State government must weigh economic benefits and grave ecological concerns THE state government has decided to construct nine new jetties under the central government’s Sagarmala project to facilitate passenger movement. The state has proposed to build new jetties by demolishing the existing Portuguese era jetties, which are in a dilapidated condition and have outlived their utility. These jetties are located …

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Safe Fish, At Least

Health Minister must truly safeguard Goans’ health Though officials of the Quality Council of India (QCI) and food and drugs administration (FDA) have begun testing fish at Patradevi and Polem, questions have been raised over the consistency and efficacy of tests and the techniques used by them. Though the government issued notification that the tests would be carried out 24×7, …

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Punish Wild Drivers

Need for a robust system to reduce risks to life on roads Though the figures of fatal road accidents in the state have been generally on decline since 2018, the number is still a matter of great human concern. In the first five and half months of the current year over 120 persons lost their lives in 1,500 road accidents. …

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Attacks on Angels

Measures governments need to take to prevent assaults on doctors The doctors serving in government hospitals across the country who recently went on strike had a justifiable cause for their concern: they wanted permanent protection from assaults by relatives of patients who die, as it had happened at a government hospital in West Bengal. The doctors of the NRS College …

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Congress In Coma

The party must shrug off defeat and prepare for battles ahead The Congress leadership has still not come out of the shock the Lok Sabha election results delivered to them. Veteran Congressman M Veerappa Moily has called for a ‘major surgery’ to revive the party. The problem is everyone knows the party needs a major surgery but no one is …

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State’s Rotten Apples

Firm action against a few might prepare the ground for deterrence Labour and Employment Minister Rohan Khaunte says over 30 per cent of the state government employees are running side-businesses. He has urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to initiate action against such employees and terminate their services. Khaunte’s statement did not come as a surprise as it is widely known …

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Dwarfed By Politicians

To make youth competitive, Goa needs a subordinate staff selection board IT is an irony that while Goan youth complain of lack of employment opportunities the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) has found that there were few takers for the jobs advertised by it. As far as educational qualifications are concerned, there are many youth who have them, but they …

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FDA On Holiday

Ground reports say no checks of fish trucks at state borders IT is almost a year since doubts first arose about the safety standards of the fish consignments coming to Goa from other states. But the state government has failed to keep its repeated promise to set up a strong quality insurance apparatus. The proposal to set up a ‘state …

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