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Three municipal councils – Curchorem, Valpoi and Pernem – and five gram panchayats – Morjim, Taleigao, Colva, Chicalim and Fatorpa-Quitol – have failed to comply with High Court directives on collection and baling of solid waste within their jurisdictions citing lack of funds and manpower. The orders were issued by the court three years ago to all the municipal bodies and the gram panchayats in the state following framing of the Solid Waste management Rules, 2000, to ensure segregation, collection and baling of solid waste in towns and coastal villages. The baled dry solid waste was to be transported to a cement kiln in Karnataka by an appointed agency for disposal. Ever since the directives were issued the authorities of the solid waste management cell have received and transported around 2,080 tonnes of both baled and non-baled waste, of which 1,476 tonnes was baled dry plastic waste. As per the High Court directives, the civic bodies and the panchayats were directed to segregate the waste collected into biodegradable waste, dry waste and non-biodegradable waste. While the biodegradable waste was to be composted by the local body within the area of its jurisdiction, dry waste and non-biodegradable waste were to be baled and handed over to the designated agency for disposal.
How far the shortage of manpower and funds have adversely impacted the cleanliness mission needs to be examined. This is not the first time that plans to ensure cleanliness or to control stray animals have failed for lack of funds and manpower to the panchayati raj institutions. It is a practice among the state authorities to hand over newer responsibilities to the local bodies without ascertaining the facts whether they were equipped to handle them or not. There have been several occasions wherein the local bodies, most of which do not have sufficient funds, have expressed their inability to carry out the responsibilities given to them. There should be a mechanism to check whether the local self-governing bodies were equipped to handle the “additional” works given to them.

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