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Parents demand English teacher in Govt Primary School, Pissurlem

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  1. Held a protest morcha today on ADEI office
  2. Gives the deadline of Tuesday

 

Devendra Gaonkar / The Goa Spotlight

GOA (Valpoi): The parents of Government Primary School at Pissurlem along with the villagers walked in protest on the office of ADEI in Valpoi today demanding immediate appointment of English teacher in the institution.

Giving a deadline of coming Tuesday to appoint a teacher, the parents have said that “if government fails to fulfill their demand, they will protest on the road along with their children.”

The villagers claimed that  there is no English Teacher in school since last one month,  after existing teacher proceeded on the maternity leave.

The Parents Teachers’ Association of the school had submitted memorandum to the ADEI demanding that the teacher on leave should be replaced by someone else so that there is no loss to the students.

 But till now, the ADEI officer have not taken any action.

“Our children are facing the problem. There are around 50 children in school. We have already written a letter to the ADEI officer, regarding the teacher till now they have not taken any action, “ said Shivanand Chari, President of PTA.

Chari added that the ADEI officer behaving rudely with us and he told us, that he will not provide any English teacher to our School.

“The Government is telling the villagers that to send our children in the government primary school. So we have done the admission of our children in the Government Primary School. But all the government primary schools in Taluka are lacking the teachers,” said  Vrushali Morajkar, PTA vice President.

A villager Hiteshri Parab said that at  Pissurlem Government Primary School there are no proper or regular teachers.

“There are two teachers, most of the times both teachers are going for training programs, and twice in a week they are visiting in school. Our children are suffering. We have informed several times to the ADEI office. They have not taken any action,” she said.

“Now we have given the four days time to the ADEI officer, Valpoi that to provide English teacher to our school. If he failed in providing the English teacher then we will come on road along with our children,” Parab added.

Despite several complaints and requests to the ADEI officer, Valpoi. The officer has not provide regular teachers in our school. That ADEI officer Barve is not performing his duty properly. Incase of solving our school problem, the every time he is shouting on us, said  Nitin Kadam, a villager.

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The nuisance by wild animals gives nightmares to the farmers

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GOA (Valpoi) The farmers in Sattari taluka are troubled, harassed and facing unprecedented brunt of wild animals creating nuisance in their fields.

They spend sleepless night over the make shift platform erected in the field watching out for the wild animals who can come any time and romp their fields.

It’s just a matter of one hour and a group of Wild Boar or peacocks can ruin the entire paddy.  Or a heard of monkeys can attack coconuts and arecanuts within no time leaving the trees fruitless.

Ashok Joshi, lives at Hetodem village in Sattari, just 10 kms away from Valpoi.

He has interesting fact to tell while narrating about the nuisance created by wild animals. “The village has 150 people living in it. But there are 450-500 monkeys who are inhabiting this area. They were hardly few, some years back,” said Joshi.

The village is located at stone’s throw away from Mahadayi Wildlife Sanctuary. The wild animals travel from there down in the villages and create nuisance, destroy crops and then go back.

Wild Boar and peacocks frequent the fields, defying the solar power fencing that is erected to keep them away. “The solar power fencing passes the current but despite that the wild animals manage to come in. The smell of paddy attracts them,” he said.

Joshi’s paddy field is ruined. The Arecanut and Coconut grove adjacent to the paddy field is also devastated. Walk in the farm and you will find hundreds of coconuts eaten and thrown on the ground by heard of monkeys who regularly attack here.

The farmers claim that the disturbance in food chain has resulted in such a phenomenon. The animals at the upper end of the chain has disappeared, that is why the number of wild boars have increased.

Joshi recalls how some years back, a heard of wild dogs used to move around in the village due to which the other animals had disappeared.

But things have changed now. Rohan Joshi, a young farmer, claims that during last five years, the  nuisance has increased manifold.

“People have stopped cultivating paddy fields as they find it unproductive. What is the use of toiling in the farm when you will have wild animals ruining them at the end of the day,” he said.

There were more than 25 farmer who used to cultivate paddy, but now their numbers have decreased. It is having ripple effect on other things.

For example, Velsai river which is a tributary of Mahadayi, had 27 check dams on them rejuvenating the water table. The farmers have left cultivating paddy and only seven dams are remaining. The result of which is clearly seen on the water table as rain water runs down without being checked to the main river.

The intensity of the animals ruining the farms can be seen with the fact that 4200 farmers have applied for the compensation from the state government because their crops were devastated by wild animals.

State Agriculture Director Nelson Figueiredo said that there are several thousand farmers who have been paid compensation but there are more who never come up asking for assistance.

“The issue of wild animal is really troubling the farmers and we are providing all the possible assistance to the farmers,” he added.

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Mayem locals demand shops at newly renovated lake project

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Devendra Gaonkar

Mayem: Mayem panchayat and residents of Mayem have urged the government and the MLA to allot them shops at the renovated Mayem lake project, which is likely to be inaugurated soon.

Mayem sarpanch, Vijay Pole told The Goa Spotlight that the former MLA, Anant Shet, had promised the locals that they would be given shops at the new venue and so the government should abide by the promise.

It may be stated that there are about twenty shops by the road side at Mayem and earlier when the tourists visited the lake they used to have a good business. With the renovation of the lake, the entrance was shifted to the other side and the shopkeepers now feel that they have been sidelined.

“If we do our business on the main road, we would be totally sidelined and no one will come to the area where we have our shops,” a shopkeeper said.

“Around 100 families were dependent upon this lake for survival. We were promised that we would be given shops at the entrance of the lake and we demand with the MLA to abide by the promise.”

“The work of the lake is already over and we demand that the shopkeepers should be given their rights” panch, Kunda Mandrekar said “locals should get jobs and other opportunities at the lake so that they can get their rights.”

“After I became the sarpanch, the panchayat got an application demanding shops for the locals. I immediately took step and will followup the issue with the authorities,” said Pole.

“The first phase of the project is over and we demand that the shopkeepers should be given their shops else we would be forced to agitate on the day of inauguration” he added.

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Valpoi Farmer files complaint against Forest officer

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  1. Accuses forest department of losses to the crop

 

Devendra Gaonkar

GOA (Valpoi): Rajendra Tukaram Desai, a farmer from Advoi village, on Wednesday has filed a police complaint against the range forest officer, Valpoi.

In the complaint he have mentioned that wild animals like Bison, monkey, wild board and others animals have destroyed his cultivation, agriculture crops in large and he have suffered the heavy loss.

Further Desai, said that the range forest officer have failed to keep control on wild animals. And he demand to the range forest officer that to make the arrangement to recover his loss.

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