The Goa Human Rights Commission ( GHRC) headed by Retired District Judge A.D.Salkar and comprising of Mr.J.A Keny has today directed the Chief Secretary to conduct a thorough investigation independently and to fix responsibility on the defaulting officers in the alleged 51 lakh food scam at last year’s BRICS Summit held in Goa.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC had submitted that the contract for a whopping Rs 51, 60,000 was given to Amonkar Classic Caterers for supply of food to police personnel posted on duty for the BRICS summit but that the contract 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.
Directing the Chief Secretary to submit his detailed report within 30 days, the GHRC has adjourned the hearing to 18thApril while also pointing out that the Chief Secretary had not conducted an independent inquiry as directed by the Commission on 18th of October last year.
The GHRC in its order today has further noted that the so called reply filed by the Chief Secretary was a mere replica of the inquiry report submitted by the DGP to the Home Department. The GHRC in its earlier order has already directed the government not to make any payment to the food contractor M/S Amonkar Classic Caterers.
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 in his complaint 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 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 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.