Commission to probe co-operatives

| 17 May 2001 22:50 IST

Following a major scandal being unearthed in the Goa State Co-operative Bank, the apex bank of the tourist state, chief minister Manohar Parrikar has decided to set up a commission to probe into illegalities of all the co-operative banks and societies.

The opposition parties have however clamped down upon the BJP government, alleging that arrest of two Congress legislators in two different cases indicates clear-cut political vendetta.

While a joint meeting of the Goa PCC and the CLP today demanded that illegalities of all the co-operative banks and societies be probed into, Parrikar reacted immediately, making an announcement in this regard.

At least three leading BJP leaders, including ministers Ramakant Khalap and Prakash Velip as well as South Goa MP are running leading co-operative banks and a society in the state. Parrikar said his probe would also include these institutions.

In response to the arrests of their two colleagues, CLP leader Luizinho Faleiro said the Congress would also file a complaint about the misdeeds in other co-operative banks. The police have acted against a complaint filed by its directors against Somnath Zuwarkar, the MLA and chairman of the Goa State Co-operative Bank.

Dr Wilfred de Souza, former chief minister and leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, has also described it as witch-hunting rather than clean up operation. But Parrikar claims that it is his sincere effort to clean up Goan politics.

"I admit that mere criminal action cannot root out corruption and even digging the past is wrong. But it is necessary at this stage so that politicians would think ten times before looting the state in future", says the chief minister.

He plans to appoint financial experts on the commission, which would primarily investigate into criminal nature and other irregularities and suggest ways and means to clean up the co-operative sector in the state.

Faleiro however claims that the BJP is least interested in keeping the co-operative sector alive. In fact, he alleges that the government action has forced at least 1000 co-operative societies to close their shop. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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