BRICS Summit: Goa Police personnel served ‘unhygienic’ food, probe ordered

Calling the incident a scam, Goa Human Rights Commission Chairperson said that the government did not even invite tenders for the catering contract.

Written by Harsh Raj Gatty | Panaji | Updated: October 18, 2016 7:13 pm
BRICS, BRICS 2016, BRICS summit, BRICS Goa summit, IMF, International Monetary Fund, IMF quota, quota based IMF, resourced IMF, india news, indian express Calling the incident a scam, Goa Human Rights Commission Chairperson said that the government did not even invite tenders for the catering contract. (file photo)

Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Tuesday ordered the state’s Chief Secretary to probe allegations of irregularities in the supply of refreshments to over 5000 security personnel deployed for BRICS Summit. In its interim-order, Chairperson of GHRC, A D Salkar also ordered that the payment of Rs. 51.60 lakh to Amonkar Classic caterer’s must be withheld until the probe is complete.

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Taking cognisance of local media reports that the food served for the state police personnel was prepared in unhygienic conditions at a makeshift kitchen in Verna village, and that a few officials reportedly complained of food poisoning, the GHRC said that it felt the case deemed fit to be probed.

“Nearly 80 percent of the police staff refused to consume food. It was stale, animal feathers and insects were spotted and stale smell emanated from them. Most of the food packets were thrown as soon as they were received and the personnel had to make alternative arrangements for themselves,” Advocate and petitioner Aires Rodrigues submitted.

Calling the incident as a scam, Aires Rodrigues said that the government did not even invite tenders for the catering contract. “Barely three-days before BRICS, they seemed to have notified the caterer and awarded him the contract. Didn’t the government till then knew that BRICS was underway and subsistence was needed for its security personnel,” he asked.

The GHRC has granted Goa Chief Secretary R K Srivastava a period of 10-days to submit an interim report to the commission. The next hearing is slated for November.

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    Ramnik Thampy
    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:21 am
    If we can rightfully expect our police force to do their duties well, the least we should afford them is respect for their basic rights. The insult of not supplying the 5000 police personnel charged with security duties of such great international importance with Goa at centre stage with hygienic and nutritious nourishment to sustain their energy makes this crime even more outragious. Imagine the international outcry and disgrace to Goa and India if this basic negligence and very likely, corruption in allocating and monitoring the catering contract, led to a failure in security. Even worse, this is not the first time that India has failed the international community and became the laughing stock of the world, the Asian Games, for instance. And what happened to the crooks? It is urgent that we care about our image internationally and at home. Let us see how long it will take to 'crack' such a simple case and whether anybody will be penalised. .
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    Raj
    Oct 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm
    We Indians do not take care of our own citizen. We are bunch of selfish crooks. Always point fingers at stan for our failures.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This shows are lethargic atude to our fellow citizens and security personnel.
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