Activist Adv Diya Shetkar, Residents of Bethoda Gherao PWD Assistant Engg over drinking water problems

Mahila residents of Bethoda Panchayat and led by NGO Nari Adhikar Founder-President Adv Diya Shetkar today gheroed the Assistant Engineer SD IV, III, (PHE) of the Public Works Department (PWD) at Ponda  for over 30 minutes over the failure of the PWD department to supply adequate and regular drinking water to the people of Bondbag in the  Bethoda Panchayat in Shiroda constituency.
 
Adv Diya Shetkar submitted a written complaint to the AE Mrs Rashmi and copies of the same complaint were submitted to the PWD Minister Sudin Dhavilkar as well as the Chief Minister’s  office. 
 
Speaking to media persons after meeting with the AE, Adv Diya Shetkar said the residents of Bethoda have been suffering for the last 4-5 years.
 
“We held a candle light vigil last month on the 25th of November (Read Here) which was attended by over 120 residents, including the women from Bethoda. The Sarpanch who is aware of this problem is not doing anything to solve it. The people have approached the Sarpanch of Bethoda Panchayat as well as the local panch of the area, on various occasions with their water woes, but the sarpanch and the panch member expressed their helplessness over the matter. All their pleas have been in vain for the last 4-5 years. The people are deprived of adequate drinking water for the last several years, which is a grave human rights violation. The PWD department send them huge bills as well as rentals for water meters but the citizens do not get enough water for drinking,” Shetkar explained.
 
According to Adv Diya Shetkar, the Government of Goa is not interested in helping the citizens of Bethoda. If this problem is not solved within two weeks, we will take to the streets. We will stop the movement of traffic on the Bethoda by-pass road and will not allow a single vehicle to ply on the Bethoda-Belgaum by-pass road, if the government does not solve the water problem.
 
We had warned the government on 25th November when we held the candle light vigil, but no action was taken at all. This is our final reminder to the government, Shetkar said adding:
 
“The residents had personally met the former CM Laxmikant Parsekar who had promised to look into their problems. However, in spite of several written complaints, to both Parsekar and Parrikar, no action was taken and the residents continue to suffer. Both Parsekar and Parrikar promised to help the residents of Bethoda on several occasions, but have failed miserably and done nothing to solve the problems of the people,” Adv Diya Shetkar complained…… Read more here

Goan Adv Diya Shetkar demands CBI inquiry into fraudulent transactions of Shiroda Urban Co-op Society owned by BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar

According to a complaint filed with the Goa Lokayukta the Goa government had acquired 1.8 lakh square meters of orchard land in Shiroda from Subhash Shirodkar and his brothers or family members and related companies for a whopping Rs 70 crore “apparently with the blessings of Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar” who approved the deal.

The land was purchased years ago by Subhash Shirodkar for only Rs 45 per square metre.

It has already been reported in the local media in Goa that the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) refused to purchase the land as they did not need it and hence CM Manohar Parrikar got the Industries department which is under him to make the purchase.

It is also already known how another land owner who had land in the vicinity had offered the government 1.4 lakh sqm of land for Rs 350 per sq meter, while the Goa government purchased land from Shirodkar for Rs 3500 per sq mtr.

Adv Diya Shetkar has demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the Shiroda Urban Co-op Society

Now it has come to light that almost the entire property which was purchased by the Goa Government from Subhash Shirodkar and his family members and relatives or the dummy and shell companies floated by him has or was already been mortgaged by people connected to Subhash Shirodkar and loans totally amounting to a principal amount of Rs 3 crore were obtained from the concerned co-operative society said social worker and Adv Diya Shetkar while speaking to media persons in Panaji today.

“The name of the entity is Shiroda Urban Co-operative Society which is owned by Subhash Shirodkar and others who are basically dummy or benami members on the board of the co-operative society.

The Co-op Society is completely controlled and managed by the Shirodkar family,” explained Shetkar.

It has already been reported in the media that part of the land was mortgaged by the credit society by employees of Shirodkar in return of a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.

Now according to research conducted by Adv Diya Shetkar and her team, information concerning the last 4-6 years obtained from Registrar of Societies, Balance Sheets which were somehow obtained, RBI records, ROC records etc., the rest of the property was also mortgaged to the Co-op Society and a total principal amount of Rs 3 crore was availed as a loan. The exact interest amount accrued on this loan is still not known, but we know that a huge amount is still outstanding to the society.

While the loan given to the 9 employees of Subhash Shirodkar was shown in the records, the rest of the loans given to his family members by the same entity is not officially shown as loan amounts.

According to a case filed by Social Activist Aires Rodrigues, in the Lokayukta, nine employees of Shirodkar have apparently shown the land in their own name, and availed of loans after mortgaging the property to Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society to get a loan of Rs 10 lakh each.

The disbursement of the loans totaling Rs 3 crore took place in the year 2013, which was headed by Shirodkar himself, Shetkar alleged.

BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar was the Chairman and his brother was the vice chairman when the loans were taken. All the other members are either dummies or benami members who are all related or connected to Subhash Shirodkar, Diya said.

Other loans were taken by his relatives and family members falsely claiming to own parts and parcels of the entire property during the year 2013 and 2014.

The Goa government has failed to do due diligence before purchasing the land for a huge sum of Rs 70 crore, about 9 times its actual value.

The land actually belongs to the Shiroda Urban Cooperative Society as Shirodkar or his family or relatives or his fake companies have no right to sell it to the government.

This entire deal with the government of Goa is fake and fraudulent as the land is still mortgaged to the society.

It is very likely that the deposits and money of the unsuspecting public who have saved their hard earned money in this entity are at risk now, as this information comes out into the public domain.

Shetkar has demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the Shiroda Urban Co-op Society, failing which she said she will move the High Court of Bombay at Goa.

Adv Diya Shetkar: Goa Police Did Not Register My Complaint of Outraging Modesty of a Woman, Criminal Conspiracy, Etc., Made Me Run From Pillar To Post

A social worker and woman advocate Diya Shetkar has approached the Goa police with a criminal complaint against one Swapnil Parab, resident of Pernem accusing him of outraging the modesty of a woman, criminal conspiracy, stalking, criminal intimidation, common intention, and using the internet and social media to defame her and outrage her modesty.

Speaking to media persons at a Press Conference in Panaji, Adv Diya Shetkar said: I am an advocate by profession and a social worker. I run an NGO by the name of Nari Adhikar which is active in the Shiroda area. For the last few days one person by the name of Swapnil Parab has been chasing and stalking and hounding me – he first met me saying that he has some legal/social matter and needed my help. Yesterday, I found out that the said Swapnil Parab has circulated the print screens and images of some very defamatory and personal fake what’s app messages and chats which he falsely claims have been sent by me to him. Since I have not sent such messages, I approached first the Cyber Crime police station and then the Ponda police station with written complaints. Both the PI’s at the above mentioned police stations had a very laid back attitude and only told me that they will look into my complaint and decide after reading it and studying it.

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As per the law and as per several Supreme Court rulings, when a woman approaches a police station with a cognizable complaint, an FIR has to be registered immediately. In my case, the accusations are very serious in nature. I have told the police in my written complaint that some rival politicians are behind this character assassination and this act of Swapnil Parab has been mastermind and directed by some rival politicians. There is a big criminal conspiracy behind all this and two or three big politicians from Goa are involved, yet the police say they are “studying my case” instead of registering an FIR immediately. The police can add additional “sections” later on if required, but registration of FIR is required immediately in case of a cognizable complaint,” Shetkar told media persons in Panjim.

Goa PCC observes 129th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Old Goa

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee observed the 129th birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at Old Goa, organised by the Cumbharjua Pradesh Congress Committee.

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Those present at the function included former MP and former Goa CM Francisco Sardinha, Senior Congress leader M K Shaikh, PCC member Joseph Vaz, Subodh Amonkar, Mahila Congress State Secretary Diya Shetkar, Old Goa former panch Vishal Volvoikar, PCC member Hemant Naik, North Goa District President Vijay Bhike and other leaders.

About 150 Congress workers attended the function which was held at the Old Goa Panchayat Hall premises.

While paying rich tributes to the late PM Jawaharlal Nehru, senior Congress leader Shri M K Shaikh said, “BJP in trying to belittle the greatness of Jawaharlal Nehru and neglect or erase his contribution as a freedom fighter, as a thinker, writer and as PM of the country.”

“The BJP government even removed a chapter on Nehru from the syllabus in Rajasthan. But they should remember that the people of India will not forget the sacrifices made by Jawaharlal Nehru and his contribution to the creation of modern India.”

Ex MP Francisco Sardinha called upon the people to follow in the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru and work together irrespective of religion, caste or community. Others who spoke at the function included Joseph Vaz, Mahila State Secretary Diya Shetkar, District President Vijay Bhike and Vijay Shetye.

Sudeep Naik welcomed the gathering, while Vishal Volvoikar proposed the vote of thanks.

Goa Tourism Industry In Turmoil: Huge Shortage of Fish Looms Over The State As 6-Month Import Ban Takes Effect

PANAJI: Even as the six-month ban on import of fish into the state of Goa came into effect from today, the Tourism Industry in Goa is staring at huge losses as exotic sea food is the backbone of the restaurants and hotels in coastal state.

The tourism industry stands to face a cumulative loss of Rs 70-95 crore, which can even go up to Rs 150 crore over a period of six months if the ban is strictly enforced, according to research conducted by IndiaScoops.com in consultation with various tourism, shacks and hotel and restaurant associations in Goa.

“Most foreigners who visit Goa during the tourism months from December to February patronize the sea-food restaurants. Various types of fish, prawns, tiger prawns, lobsters, etc., are the items of choice and the most patronized dishes on the menus of most restaurants. Goa is not able to meet the demand for this high-end, exotic sea food, including salmon, etc., which is in great demand with the foreign tourists,” said Adv Diya Shetkar, President of the Goa Citizen’s Action Forum.

According to a report in the Navhind Times, the Congress party on Sunday called upon the government and the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to do a re-think “as it would put the state and the fish eaters in crisis.”

Addressing media persons, Congress spokesperson Sankalp Amonkar along with some youth Congress leaders on Sunday, warned that if the government imposes a ban on fish import without banning export of Goan fish, it will lead to chaos and confusion in state due to extreme fish shortage.

Amonkar expressed fear that the ban on import of fish will create fish scarcity in the state markets since fish is a staple diet of most Goans.

Elaborating further, he said that when subsidy of Rs 100 crore is given to fishermen, the catch should be enjoyed by Goans first as the money comes from the taxpayers’ pockets.

He questioned the government whether measures are in place to crack down on illegal import of fish particularly by buses, trains adding soon people will start bringing fish in their private vehicles and goods carriers.

Amonkar said that Goans should not suffer due to the ban and should get formalin-free fish and demanded that FDA officer Iva Fernandes be appointed as nodal officer.

The Congress spokesperson further said that the Health Minister Rane had made a statement that fish ban has been announced in consultation with the TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai and asked why this is happening when the state has a designated fisheries minister.

Alleging that the Fisheries Minister Vinod Palienkar is maintaining a stoic silence, Amonkar said that Palienkar should break his silence and come out clean on the issue and if he is under some pressure from anybody then he should quit the post. He said, “Let some capable person take over the post and handle the issue tactfully.”

Amonkar also alleged that the fish ban and formalin issue is a well-enacted drama by two ministers and fish mafia and alleged that only ministers and fish mafia are speaking but the fisheries minister is silent over the issue.

with inputs from The Navhind Times

RTI Activists and NGOs announce an indefinite fast unto death to protest against Goa CM Parrikar’s reluctance to hand over charge

The Goa Citizen’s Action Forum (GCAF), national RTI awardee Rajan S Ghate and NGO Nari Adhikar along with others on Friday announced that they would undertake an indefinite fast unto death to protest against the failure of the Goa government to find solutions and take action against issues like rising unemployment, rise in prevalence of gambling due to spread of Casino culture, failure of the Goa government including the Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to allocate important portfolios like Home, Finance, Industries, etc., to capable and responsible Ministers and others.

Speaking at the press conference held at Panaji, national RTI awardee Rajan Ghate who will inaugurate the fast unto death and social activist Anil N Laad said: “I am giving the BJP-led Goa government a notice of 7 days’ time to announce a solution to the issues like rising unemployment, loss of jobs, spread of gambling and Casino culture and the failure of the Goa CM Manohar Parrikar to allocate important portfolios like Home, Finance, Industries, etc., to capable and responsible Ministers, so that the work of these ministries is not hampered and is carried out under the responsible, day-to-day supervision of the Minister holding the portfolio.”

NGO Nari Adhikar along with the Goa Citizen’s Action Forum (GCAF) is carrying out a socio-medico-academic survey in certain poorer sections of Goa to understand the unemployment problem in detail and to study the impact of certain socio-geographical indicators over the overall health of the people of Goa.

Adv Diya Shetkar of the NGO Nari Adhikar said that the survey has already begun in the Ponda-Shiroda belt and we will cover the entire State in batches over a period of 3-4 months. Nari Adhikar and GCF strongly condemn the lackadaisical attitude and failure of the Goa government to address the unemployment problem in the state, which is causing frustration among youth and forcing them into gambling, drugs and other vices.

“According to information from the Govt of Goa Statistics Dept and the Personnel Dept, the new jobs creation (in the government sector) for the year 2018 stood at ZERO. This means the Goa govt has not been able to create new jobs for the youth of Goa. It has come to my knowledge that BJP leaders in Goa are selling government jobs to the highest bidder in their constituencies. Instead of giving out job contracts to Goans, former GTDC chairman and BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral has given out contracts for services like tea/coffee vending, maintenance and serving to contractors from Delhi who bring their own labour from outside Goa. These contracts are arbitrarily awarded for periods and durations of 10-15 years, without any bidding, which is completely illegal,” said Adv Diya Shetkar of Nari Adhikar.

According to activist Kenneth Silveira: the coalition partner of the BJP government, the Goa Forward Party had made Casinos a big poll issue and senior office bearers of the GFP had even filed court cases against the casinos. But after coming to power, the senior leaders of GFP have now withdrawn the court cases against the casinos and the reason is obvious.”

I have heard that one casino owner has funded the US treatment costs of the Goa CM to the tune of Rs 2 crore. The money was transferred from a US bank account of the Casino magnate directly to the cancer hospital where the CM was undergoing treatment.

The government has not been able to solve the fish traders/fish importers formalin issue. The Health Minister says  one thing and the traders say a different thing all-together. At the end of the day, it’s the common man who is inconvenienced and has to pay more as the fish mafia is creating an artificial scarcity of fish.

The local transport system has completely collapsed in Goa. Every day 8-10 buses of the Kadamba Transport break down on the road causing great inconvenience to the public. There is no proper maintenance of the buses. Due to traffic congestion, the buses arrive very late and the public are made to stand in queues at the Margao and Panaji main bus stands as back-up drivers are not available during peak hours.

Congress leader Diya Shetkar alleges gangrape, murder threat by BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s supporters

In a serious allegation, a female Congress leader on Sunday accused BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s supporters of threatening her of gang-rape and killing if she campaigned in his constituency.

Shirodkar is a former Congress MLA and represented Shiroda in Goa Legislative Assembly. He had recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Congress party worker and lawyer in a complaint to the police at Panaji in Goa saying that she got a telephone call early on Sunday morning asking her to “not to do anything against him (Shirodkar) in Siroda constituency”.

Speaking to news agency ANI, the Congress leader said, “BJP leader Subhash Shirodkar’s goons are threatening me of gang-rape and killing. The BJP govt is tarnishing my image. In the morning, I got a call threatening me to not do anything against him in Shiroda constituency.”

In her complaint submitted at the Panaji Police Station, she said that she received a call on Sunday morning from an unknown person, who claimed to be Shirodkar`s supporter, who used “abusive and vulgar” language while delivering the threat to her.

“I was threatened with gang-rape by the caller if I entered constituency of Shirodkar, a former Congress MLA who joined the BJP last month, and campaigned against him,” she told the media.

The police said a non-cognizance complaint had been registered against an unknown person following the complaint.

While Shirodkar could not be contacted, state BJP General Secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavde said, “I do not know about the complaint, but I will find out.”

Shirodkar, along with another now-former Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte quit the Congress and joined the BJP.