Drishti says it is ready to stop beach cleaning tomorrow itself

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Panaji: The private agency which has been involved in beach cleaning in Goa on Tuesday said that they are “glad to stop the work if state government asks them to do so.”

Drishti Livesaving Services which is lifeguarding and cleaning the beaches of Goa has come under scanner after main opposition Congress party accused state tourism department of allotting the work to them without following tendering process.

In a statement released here, the agency has said that they are willing to pull out of the contract “tomorrow itself” if state government asks them to do so. The spokesman of the agency has also said that they have not been paid since last eight months.

“Drishti is doing the work for the last two years at half the price and has saved the State government over Rs 20 crores. There has been no enhancement of our rates to even combat basic inflation of prices,” the agency has said.

The Drishti spokeman has said that agency’s contract with the state government expired on July 15, 2019 and “from July till date ,we have extended our work purely on the verbal commitment and assurance of the minister that work order  will be released for the interim period of work by revised work order at the earliest.”

The agency has said that  the delay in payments since the last eight months has put severe financial strain on the operational processes on beach cleaning and lifeguarding as we have received no payments since December, 2018.

“Despite the same the agency has continued to stand by the people of the state due to the moral obligation we have towards the residents and stakeholders in Goa,” the spokesman added.

“ Since December 2016 till date the agency has collected and transported 3858400 kgs of garbage from along the state’s coast and cleaned the beaches,” the statement reads.

“Drishti continues to pay its team of 1400 committed team and is current with all its staff dues and keeps the beaches safe and clean,” it adds.

Congress’ Goa chief Girish Chodankar on Monday had demanded immediate withdrawal of the contract with Drishti claiming that state government had allotted the work without tendering it.

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