Panaji:  July 22, 2016 … Dy. Chief Minister, Shri Francis D’Souza advocated the need for Municipalities to be self-sufficient, being independent bodies and asserted the need to have people friendly system like online payment to make it easy and simple for people to effect payments.

 The Dy. Chief Minister was speaking at the distribution of Tata Ace Hopper Tippers to all the Municipalities for collection of garbage under Swacch Bharat Nital Goem Mission through GSUDA at Margao yesterday.  In all 43 Hopper Tippers to all the municipalities based on their needs.

 Speaking further, Shri D’ Souza informed that the new Municipality Act will replace the existing one which will be tabled in the forthcoming Monsoon Session. The new Act will have Ward-wise Citizen Monitoring Committee.  These committees will recommend the nature of work that needs to be taken up in their respective wards.  This will only be recommendatory committees, he added. 

 Revenue generation is a big issue Most of the Municipalities are not doing enough on the front of revenue collection.  They need to atleast send notices to sensitize people to make the payments, he remarked.

 Shri D’Souza also suggested that the Municipalities of the District get together to exchange ideas and views.  This will help to implement the best practices in their respective Municipalities, he remarked.

 The Dy. Chief Minister said “Garbage is a universal problem and has to be deat it with our hearts.  Segregation and scientific disposal of the garbage has to be ensured to achieve success”,

 Director of Municipal Administration and Member Secretary GSUDA, Shri Elvis Gomes informing the Municipalities that Government has been providing all the logistics to achieve success in the Swacch Bharat Nital Goem Mission urged to take up the challenge jointly to achieve the desired goal.

 Chairperson, Margao Municipal Council, Smt. Babita Angle Prabhudessai and the Territory Manager, Tata Motors, Shri Swapnil also spoke on the occasion.  The function was attended by Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons, Councillors and Chief Officers of all the Municipalities.

 Shri J. Hossamani, Chief Project Engineer, GSUDA proposed the vote of thanks.