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Why Chitti Babu Ghanta and his company is given breathing time by GTDC despite frauds?

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Panaji: Consortium of companies ‘Holidays in Goa’ promoted by one Chitti Babu Ghanta has been given abundant breathing time by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) despite the corporation themselves raising the questionmarks on their tender for proposed “Development, Operations and Maintenance of Naval Museum along with Toy Train and Environmental Park” at Miramar.

The GTDC had issued initial notice in December 2021 to the company and later issued Show Cause Notice to them on February 28, 2022.

Though the company has failed to reply satisfactorily to the Show Cause Notice, the GTDC is delaying to hand over the tender the second highest bidder, which is mandated as per the norms in the Tender Process.

What is interesting is that the GTDC had accepted the bids of Consortium promoted by Ghanta despite the fact that the company did not had a valid GST/UIN number and it remained suspended with effect from December 01, 2021 as per the official records displayed in the government portal of GST in accordance with section 29 of the CGST Act, 2017.

The GTDC General Manager Kapil Painguinkar (Properties) in the show cause notice has also highlighted a gross fault in connection with the experience of Naval Officers.

The show cause notice reads “Presence of number of Naval/Technical Experts/Aircraft Engineers with minimum 10 years of experience in maintenance and repair of similar aircraft, either on payrools or tie-up basis” with a marks weightage of total 10 marks, you had submitted on an undertaking duly signed by the Navy Experts on December 10, 2021.”

“Thereafter vide letter dated 03.01.2022, you had enclosed the original undertaking along with self certified identity proof of two Navy Experts. Upon close observation, it was noticed that the signature endorsed on the original undertaking and the that on PAN card were mismatching. As a result, the said officer was called to the GTDC office to sign and submit fresh undertaking in person. When the signature was endorsed on the undertaking before the GTDC official, it was noticed that the signature matched with the signature endorsed on the PAN card. When the official was questioned by the GTDC official, he informed that the original undertaking was signed by his wife.”

GTDC in the show cause notice has admitted that GTDC had conducted the technical evaluation on good faith as per the documents submitted by you, with a presumption that the same are genuine and not fake, and no cross examination is conducted to find out the genuineness of the documents.

However, now it is clear from the letter of the GST Commissioner that one of the Invoice was issued with fraudulent intention, based on which you managed to score marks in the Technical Experience.”

“It may noted that the facts mentioned above were placed before the Tender Evaluation Committee in its 13th meeting held on 3rd January 2022. Taking into consideration the facts mentioned above, the committee felt that the act of not taking into account of the Invoice while filing the GST return is fraudulent activity.”

“Further, submission of such Invoice as furnishing of materially incorrect or false information under clause 3.7 of Volume II of RFP, which calls for termination of the bidder from the Tender, Further, undertaking of Navy Experts must be signed by the Navy Expert himself and the same cannot be signed by any other person. Such an act is unlawful.”

The GTDC had given seven days time for the company to revert. This was on February 28, 2022.

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