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Panchayat elections postponed: Godinho

May 08, 2022 | 07:19 IST

Panchayat elections postponed: Godinho

The Says will not take place on June 4, as planned earlier; Clarifies that a decision has not yet been taken regarding the licensing of car rental operators

Team Herald

MARGAO: Panchayat and Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho said on Saturday that the upcoming panchayat elections for the state’s 189 panchayats will be postponed for about a week and will not be held on June 4, as planned earlier.

Speaking to the media here, Godinho explained that the process of notifying reservations in panchayat wards is still ongoing and this has delayed the election date.

He added that the panchayat demarcation process is complete. However, it should be noted that there have been strong reactions to the same as the villagers are not happy with the final order regarding how the quarters of the panchayats of the respective villages have been divided.

Furthermore, the Minister of Panchayat added that the elections should not be held along party lines, but stressed that the support of all grassroots people is needed as these are elections at the level of the party. base.

He pledged to support the new panchayat bodies that are elected and said, “At the end of the day, the government wants everyone’s cooperation in order to bring about comprehensive development, especially in rural areas.”

The Minister of Transport also spoke on the issue of taxis and said that the Ministry of Transport is considering regulating how licenses are granted to new vehicles.

Godinho, however, clarified that a decision has not yet been made regarding the licensing of car rental operators.

“I have requested a taxi audit in which I will have figures on the number of black and white taxis that need to be restricted, their license conditions, after which a decision will be made,” Godinho said.

He further described bicycle rental as a nuisance in the state as he felt that in many cases tourists do not know how to drive responsibly and it causes accidents. Godinho, however, admitted that the bikes are needed to travel short distances in the state.