Goa panchayats say SWM funds insufficient

The Goa Panchayat department has allocated Rs 10.83 crore to the 191 Gram Panchayats for waste management in the last five years. However, most GPs claim that this fund is insufficient and that they must spend a portion of the funds provided by the Finance Commission.

The waste management issue has come to the forefront after the Chief Minister accused of corruption in the funds, claiming that the problem has gotten worse because some GPs and municipalities mismanage the funds. It has been revealed that over the last five years, all Panchayats have received a total of Rs 10.83 crore for waste management.

According to the officials, the funds provided by the Panchayat department do not last a year. Also, the Panchayats with the most and least wards are both given the same amount of money, making it difficult for the larger Panchayats to manage garbage with that money.

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