Cong threatens to move to the court over beach cleanliness tender 

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Panaji: The Congress party on Monday threatened to file a writ in the High Court, if the central government does not initiate inquiry by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the beach cleaning contract awarded to a private firm.

M/s Drishti Lifesaving Services is currently having contract to clean the beaches in the state, apart from their assignment of lifeguarding the coastline.

Congress party has said that the contract has been illegally awarded to the company without following proper procedures.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Girish Chodankar, addressing a press conference on Monday, said that the party demands that the CBI inquiry should be initiated the way contract was awarded to the company.

“If state government fails to do so, we will be moving to the High Court in a writ challenging government’s  illegal actions,” he said.

Chodankar said that contract awarded to Drishti was “open and shut case for corruption with direct involvement of Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar.”

Quoting the reply tabled on the floor of the House by Ajgaonkar during recently concluded Assembly Session, Ajgaonkar said that the contract given to the company for beach cleaning work under GFP-184 (the emergency clause) has expired on July 15, this year, and  at present no agency on board manning the cleaning of the beaches.

The Congress leader pointed out that the contract to the firm was renewed total nine times between December 2018 to July, 2019.

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