Vinsan Graphics favoured, alleges Rohan

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 08 April 2013 20:26 IST

Goa Assembly suddenly came to life today with MLAs supporting the government having confrontation with the ministers, especially on the issue of Vinsan Graphics getting most of the tourism department tenders.

The issue was raised by Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte.

He accepted the challenge thrown up by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar to prove with documentary evidence that only Vinsan Graphics, a Goan event management company, getting most of the contracts.

The issue here was the contract of Carnival, along with the Sea Food Festival, this year.

According to Parulekar, Vinsan Graphics has been paid Rs 3.30 crore to organize Carnival and Sea Food Festival in Panaji.

This comes to almost 74 per cent of the total amount of around Rs 4.44 crore the tourism department spent on organizing Carnival all over Goa.

Besides this amount, the tourism department has spent between Rs five lakh to Rs 20 lakh in seven places, which also includes Rs 20 lakh for Panaji.

The other centres are Rs 15 lakh each for Margao, Vasco and Mapusa, Rs 10 lakh each for Ponda and Curchorem and Rs five lakh for Shiroda.

Khaunte pointed out that there were only two bidders for event management and the difference of amount quoted was almost double.

While Vinsan Graphics quoted Rs 3.48 crore, Foutainhead Promotions from Mumbai quoted almost Rs 6.71 crore.

“Why only two bidders and why such a discrepancy in the quotations when it was an open tender”, asked Khaunte.

When Parulekar said the selection committee was comprising of experts, Khaunte asked what expertise did Saligao sarpanch and another person called Pinto from Saligao had.

At this, chief minister Manohar Parrikar intervened to state that the appointment of experts on the committee is the prerogative of the government and nobody can challenge it.

“All our tenders are fully transparent”, claimed Parulekar.

Khaunte however took up the challenge to prove that only Vinsan Graphics has been favoured by the tourism department in granting them contracts. 

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Instead of saying 'appointment of "experts" on committees is the prerogative of the government and nobody can challenge it, I would appreciate if the CM or the concerned Minister could clarify as to what expertise the Saligao Sarpanch and a person called Pinto had - as asked by Rohan Khaunte, MLA

The query was on expertise of the "Experts" appointed and not whose right it is to appoint the Experts.

We need more Khauntes in the Goa Assembly.

- Francisco, Goa | 10 th April 2013 17:06

 

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