Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Brics Food Scam: No Payment Will Be Made Till Probe Concludes Cs Assures GHRC
Thursday - Mar 2, 2017
Panjim: Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma has stated before the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) that to date no payment has been made to M/S Amonkar Classic Caterers allegedly involved in the supply of substandard food for the police personnel deployed on duty during the BRICS summit held in Goa last October. In his written reply to the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues,  the Chief Secretary has further stated that the decision with reference to the required penalty will be taken as per due procedure only after the conclusion of the proceedings before the GHRC.   The GHRC headed by Retired District Judge A.D.Salkar and comprising of Mr.J.A Keny has adjourned to March 15th the further hearing on the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues on the alleged food scam.  
 
The Chief Secretary in his report has stated that Police Officers Serafin Dias, Mahesh Gaonkar and Jivba Dalvi had complained that the food served to the police personnel during the BRICS summit was of poor and substandard quality which was not good for consumption while the packaging itself was unhygienic, while Inspector Nolasco Raposo visited the site at Verna where the food was being prepared and found it to be very unhygienic and in an open space.
 
The Chief Secretary has further stated that Police Inspector Roy Pereira complained of food poisoning after consuming chicken biryani on 16th October and that staff deployed at Naval Airport had also orally informed that substandard food was supplied to them.
 
Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC last year submitted that the contract for a whopping Rs 51, 60,000 given to Amonkar Classic Caterers was sub-let to a road side contractor who clandestinely prepared the food in an open place owned by the police department next to the Verna Church Cemetery.
 
Pointing out that road side laborers were engaged for cooking the substandard food in most unhygienic condition with water stored in open plastic barrels and used for cooking, Adv. Rodrigues further submitted that with thick bushes and grass all around insects and cockroaches found their way in the food served to the police personnel.
 
Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint also stated that despite the GHRC having more than once reminded the Government that police personnel are Human beings and should so be treated, the authorities had failed to make any proper arrangements including food, water and toilet facilities for the police personnel. Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint further stated that while the Government had gone overboard in making all arrangements for the visiting dignitaries, it had conveniently neglected to cater to the basic fundamental and human rights of its own police personnel.
 
Stating that the authorities had lost sight that police personnel too have a personal life, Adv. Rodrigues pointed out that the Government cannot be allowed to be a cause for ruining their health and lives.

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