Maragao – The corrupt BJP Government headed by Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant is now getting ready to make fortunes from the tender of Event Management for Goa Liberation Day Celebrations on 19th December 2020 with one event management company already been fixed to award the said tender on instructions of BJP Organising Secretary Satish Dhond charged South Goa District Congress president Joseph Dias in a press statement issued here today.
The tender is floated by the Department of Information and Publicity without any estimated cost. How the Department of Finance gave approval to the said tender without estimated cost? Who prepared the Scope of Work and on What basis? Whether the Government had constituted any Committee to prepare the said Scope of Work and Whether the Committee Members had enough qualtifications and expertise to prepare it? Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant needs to answer these queations demanded Congress.
It is suprising that only those agencies who are empanelled with Tourism Department are eligible to participate in the tender. Who gave the right to the government to deprive other agencies, particularly those who participate in IFFI tenders questioned Joseph Dias.
The tender notice issued by the Department of Information and Publicity has many ambiguities in the Scope of Work which will allow the contractor to quote exhorbitant rates. These ambiguities are deliberately kept in order to facilitate the particular agency claimed Joseph Dias.
The last date for submission of tender including technical bid, financial bid as well as the creative presentation is kept on Tuesday 15th December 2020. How can the Government decide on Technical Bids and Creative Presentation on a single day and also open the Financial Bid on the same day questioned Joseph Dias.
It is loud and clear that the particular tender is already fixed, as it is practically impossible for any agency to do production of various creative items and venue constructs in just 3 days from the date of selection. Will the Government bypass all the procedure and issue the work order to the selected agency on the same day asked Joseph Dias.
It is most unfortunate that the insensitive BJP Government is all out to spend multiple crores on the event management of the Goa Liberation Day celebrations, when the People of Goa are facing financial crisis. We have solid information that the said tender will be awarded for an amount of Rs. 2.5 to 3 Crores with a deal of almost 40 percent kickbacks claimed Joseph Dias.
The Government may now try to reduce the tender cost after our expose and later settle the particular agency by clearing their additional items claims. We will keep a watch on the entire process and activities.
We want to warn the Government Officials to refrain from getting indulged in malpractices under pressure from Chief Minister. The rules are clear that Videographic and Photographic documentation must be done of each and every items including bills of every component and material used said Joseph Dias.
We once again demand that the said tender must be scrapped and all the programmes should be done with the involvement of only Goan Artists and Cultural Groups stated Joseph Dias.