Urban Health Minister Asks Chairpeople,Chief Officers To Shed Complacency

“Garbage is a serious problem that cannot be ignored any longer.We must start working seriously without involving any kinds of politics” stated the Deputy Chief Minister and Urban Development Minister in his address to all the Chairpersons and the Chief Officers at a meeting in GSUDA this morning to monitor the implementation of Swach Bharat nitollGoem campaign in all the councils. "Lack of Sanitation affects everyone irrespective of political affiliations . " You must serve all without any discrimination , to make the PM's initiative of a Clean India successful" he added.

Lamenting the recovery done by many Councils , the Urban Development Minister displayed surprise that funds sanctioned to celebrate the States 50th anniversary were not being utilised.”I can understand the recovery aspect but the non- spending of funds granted during the 50th anniversary celebrations puzzles me,” stated Francis D’Souza.

The meeting was attended by the Chairpersons , Vice Chair persons, Chief Officers and engineers of the 13 Municipal councils in the state

“Emphasis is to be laid on individual ,community ,Public toilets and Solid waste management as the main aspects of Swachi Bharat that has to be kept in focus by all the councils. GSUDA has already been helping the councils. Having toilets is now mandatory,” stated Director of Municipal Administration Elvis Gomes while evaluating and apprising the Council Chairpersons and their Chief Officers of the steps they have to take forward.

All Councils have been divided into three clusters and officers from Goa State Urban Development Agency (GSUDA) have been earmarked to each cluster so as to evaluate the work been done on a fortnightly basis.