PANAJI: The illegalities on Comunidade land and amendments to the Code of Comunidades took center stage at the Comunidade Convention, which resolved to come up with foolproof measures to curb illegal constructions or encroachments on Comunidade lands.
This was done in response to the illegal land grab cases that have been reported throughout Goa.
The members of the convention, which took place on Sunday at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) auditorium in Dona Paula, demanded that if any changes were to be made to the Code of Comunidades, the Gaonkars must be taken into confidence through a pre-legislative consultation.
The convention decided to digitize records, appoint full-time administrators, and hold the conference twice every three years rather than every five. It also sought action against the unauthorized hiring of administrative staff.
There was also discussion of ways to increase election transparency for managing committees. A resolution was passed granting the community heads more authority to expedite the resolution of cases involving illegal houses encroaching on their property.
The members demanded that Goa’s communities remain independent and separate from one another by the State government.
The convention decided that before any amendments were made, the comunidades should be involved in pre-legislative consultations.
Regarding all previously implemented amendments, the government ought to assess their legality and constitutionality and implement appropriate measures accordingly.
Additionally, it was decided to ask the government to make the administrative offices more formal and to impose deadlines on the procedures.
The convention requested that the issues of illegally appointed employees and staff shortages be investigated.