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Assonora refuses cremation, not a resident

After the Assonora village panchayat refused to allow a resident to conduct his father’s last rites on the grounds that he was not from the village, the Bardez block development officer (BDO) has written to the panchayat stating that it has a duty to provide crematorium facilities within its jurisdiction.

The resident, Anil Patil, told that he’s been living in Assonora for the past ten years, and has a house in the village. However, when his father died last month, he couldn’t conduct his last rites there. He said that the panchayat, as well as its crematorium committee, refused to allow the last rites as his father didn’t have documents to show he was a resident.

Bugde, the panch member, said that the village panchayat faced problems in the past, and as a result, its crematorium committee, members and locals decided that a person would be allowed to be cremated at the Assonora crematorium only if they are a resident of Assonora. “We have a called a meeting with regards to the communication received from the BDO’s office,” he said.

The BDO, which directed the panchayat secretary to call a meeting and verify the rules framed under the Goa Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, also asked the panchayat to take necessary action and submit a compliance report within 30 day.