Panaji, Nov 20 (IECurrentAffairs) While garbages continued to pile on the beaches of the state, a war of words broke out between Goa Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo and Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar over tender floated for beach cleaning on Monday.
Earlier in the day, Mr Lobo held a press conference at state secretariat at Porvorim near the city in which he informed that he had submitted a letter to Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma demanding that tender floated by the tourism department to clean beaches be cancelled.
He said the tender floated by the tourism department should be cancelled and Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) should be mandated with inviting tender for collection of garbage from beaches.
,”Tourism Department is not a competent body to handle such technical work. It should be done by the GWMC. We have 22 Goan engineers on board and they are experts on waste management. They are technical people who can handle waste.” Mr Lobo, who represents Calangute constituency in the state assembly, said
Stating that the scene at the beaches of the state was grim, he opined that the contract could be given to the same agency which was given the work of collecting garbage from the beaches in the state for some months.
He claimed that there was response from only one bidder to the tender floated by the tourism department and that was the reason that the department had extended the time to submit bids by another ten days.
However, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar later in the day claimed that the tourism department had enough expertise and manpower and ability to handle beach cleaning work and advised the Deputy Speaker not the meddle in the affairs of tourism department.
In a statement, he said, “The Tourism Department has enough expertise, manpower and ability to handle the beach cleaning work and I don’t want others to interfere and try to influence the working of the department.”
, “The beach cleaning tenders have been floated by Goa Tourism after proper study and the Department will strictly follow all guidelines and procedures in appointing a new agency. The tendering process will be transparent and foolproof and Goa Tourism will ensure that the eligible and best agency is appointed and no injustice will be done to anyone.” Expressing displeasure over Mr Lobo’s outbursts, Mr Ajgaonkar said
Taking note of Mr Lobo’s comments, the tourism minister said, “We will not budge to any pressures and threats.”
He suggested that if Mr Lobo was so adamant on the Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation doing the beach cleaning work then they should have also applied and been part of the competitive bidding process.