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    Public Waste Department

    THE PUBLIC ‘Waste’ Department has been the most coveted ministry, not only because it accounts for a significant proportion of the financial outlay in every budget, but also its potential to make money. The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar himself has conceded that there was large scale loot and plunder of the PWD during the tenure of Churchill Alemao as the PWD minister. The predecessor and successor of Churchill Alemao, Sudin Dhavalikar, is also alleged to be equally corrupt and apparently insisted on being allotted the PWD portfolio as a precondition to extend support to the Parrikar-led government after the Legislative Assembly elections.
    The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India sheds a great deal of light on how the Public Works Department loots and plunders the residents of Goa. The CAG report for the year ending March 31, 2013 dramatises how, due to collusion between various PWD minister, engineers and contractors, public money literally goes down the drains. With the Goa Infrastructure Development Corporation taking over most of the construction work of public buildings, among the biggest sources of corruption in the PWD relates with the sewage schemes being implemented by it. The modus operandi of the public works department is detailed by the CAG.

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    Rout in bye-elections signals Modi sunset

    By Rajan Narayan
    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when, for the second time, the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a major setback in bye-elections held for Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha seats. For a Saturday following the week when the Goa […]

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    Rout in bye-elections signals Modi sunset

    By Rajan Narayan
    AND A few more stray thoughts and a few more observations for yet another Saturday. For a Saturday following the week when, for the second time, the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a major setback in bye-elections held for Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha seats. For a Saturday following the week when the Goa […]

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    Goans have a better mind!

    FRANKLY, I don’t think too many young Goans read literature today, but then I may be wrong, my dears! Reading may be making a comeback. I mean look at the number of books written by Goans or by Goa-lovers. Last I saw, Broadway has an entire section dedicated to books coming out of Goa; and I felt like buying a whole lot of books I’ve not read yet in translation… especially the classics like Pundalik Naik’s The Upheaval (translated from the original Konkani; he wrote about how mining would destroy Goa’s agricultural and village livelihoods years ago, but who listened or cared and now his prophecies have all come true!).

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