Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has charged by the opposition legislator as being involved in Rs 14 crore scam awarding beach cleaning contracts to private agencies. The charge was refuted by Paruekar when the complaint was made on Wednesday to the Lokayukta. Independent legislator Rohan Khaunte in his complaint said Parulekar was bribed for awarding tenders for cleaning up Goa beaches in North and South Goa districts that attract nearly four million tourists every year. Read the report here.
Khaunte alleged, “The complaint is based on documents obtained under RTI. The scam is clear. The terms of the tenders were manipulated to suit the companies which eventually won the tender.”
Khaunte claims that Parrikar was the chief minister at the time the contract was awarded and amazingly the complaint names 39 witnesses which have top bureaucratic and political functionaries as witnesses, which also includes Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Parulekar denying the allegations said that the allegations made by Mr.Khaunte are baseless and acts of political frustration. He further said that Mr.Khaunte is giving the issue a political overturn and will be finally clarified to the public at large.
Mr.Parulekar said that the beach cleaning tender was done in a most transparent manner and due process was followed to select the right agency to undertake this mammoth task. The tendering process was scrutinized by various departments which included Finance and Law. The lowest bidder was selected to give professional services, the results of which are evident from the fact that the beaches of Goa are now cleaner and more beautiful. This has further resulted in Goa bagging several awards and recognition for its clean beaches in the last one year which includes TripAdvisor’s Best Beach Awards in Asia and India where Goa received top honors.
Mr. Parulekar further stated that Mr. Rohan Khaunte has finally displayed some courage to file a complaint which will bring out the truth and expose the entire political vendetta being unleashed against him and the tourism department for the good work being done during the last two to three years. The Hon. Tourism Minister lashed at Mr.Khaunte for resorting to tactics to unnerve him and said that Mr.Khaunte himself will stand exposed. “The people of Goa will finally know the truth behind such ulterior motives from the opposition,” said Mr. Parulekar.