Under pressure, Goa ministers agree to spend own money for Brazil trip, junket cancelled

Goa Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado made it clear on Friday that the ministers would go on Brazil trip at own expense.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2014 5:34 pm

Facing outrage and mockery, the Goa ministers were earlier packing their bags to witness FIFA World Cup 2014 on tax payers’ money, have now decided to keep the trip personal, and funded at their own expense.

Goa Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado made it clear on Friday that the ministers would go on Brazil trip at own expense.

The Brazil visit of the six MLAs, including ministers Ramesh Tawadkar (Sports), Avertano Furtado (Fisheries) and Milind Naik (Power), sparked a controversy after the state sports department sanctioned Rs 89 lakh for the tour. That prompted the opposition Congress to term the trip a ‘wasteful expenditure’ while seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to ‘stop the junket’.

“The six (of us) legislators met last evening. We decided to go to Brazil on our own without taking money from the state government. We don’t want to spend money from the state treasury. We don’t want to be a burden on the state coffers,” Furtado said.

He said that the decision was unanimously taken by the six of them, including also the legislators Benjamin Silva (Independent), Glen Ticlo and Carlose Almeida (both BJP), after the media created a “hype” over the tour. “It was a big hype created that we are going at the cost of the state exchequer. All six of us decided that we will pay from our own pockets and visit Brazil,” said Furtado, a former goalkeeper of Salgaocar Football Club.

All six MLAs are expected to meet Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar later in the day to convey their decision.

Defending the decision to send the MLAs on a state- sponsored 10-day trip, Parrikar on Thursday said that the tour was ‘an investment by the state government which has declared soccer as a state sport’. “We are looking at this as an investment. Goa has declared football as a state sport. The delegation, which has been approved by the state government, has MLAs who are actually footballers. The government considers this to be an investment,” Parrikar had told reporters on Friday.

“The decision (to send a delegation) has been taken in the interest of the state. Recently, we held the Lusofonia games, which had Brazil as a participating country. The current trip is a continuation of the organisation of Lusofonia games,” he had said.
Meanwhile, former footballer Bruno Coutinho said the Goa government would not learn anything from the World Cup and further said that he was hurt by Goa government’s decision.

The Opposition had also slammed the move. “We will organise the cricket world cup and IPL in a flawless manner, they can learn at home,” said Sanjay Jha of Congress.

(With PTI inputs)

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    abc
    Jun 13, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    It makes me sad to see the myopic view of the media and the comments on the this forum. It is surprising why there are no voices supporting this investment. We are going to host under-17 world in 2017. What could be a better way to learn about the organization then actually observing a similar event. Besides, in the bigger scheme of things 89 Lakh is a little amount.
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      Common Man
      Jun 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm
      All six of them should be put in prison for the intention to misuse public money for their own pleasure.
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        zen
        Jun 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm
        Its a good day for the media and the people of the country !!
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          shakshi
          Jun 13, 2014 at 9:21 am
          Yup sure, they will shed their own money now, once they come back they will adjust & reimburse themselves through ways and means which everyone knows!!!!!!
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            kvl
            Jun 13, 2014 at 7:55 am
            If every state spends so much money as investment or experience where is the money for the central government?for basic amenities,shortage of funds are reality. how can these netas indulge in wasteful luxury? Modi should put an end to this kind of travels by lawmakers.
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              Mohanraj Cp
              Jun 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm
              NSG does not go on foreign tours with his ,says Pratap PA to his.Seems Youth Congress and SevaDal volunteers are only sent!
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                Mohanraj Cp
                Jun 13, 2014 at 7:18 am
                Will centre stop sending NSG at state cost to protect the his on their foriegn junkets?
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                  pankaj
                  Jun 15, 2014 at 3:15 am
                  What are they going to learn when the matches are on?? It's fine if they plan to go after or before the matches when officials are available.
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                    Sagnik Sanyal
                    Jun 13, 2014 at 9:28 am
                    Ask Mr. Modi....he is the "centre" now !!!
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                      lay man
                      Jun 14, 2014 at 5:52 am
                      good to see that the decision has been changed by the ministers and other MLA'S as public money is not to spent on as there are many who do not get one times food also and these people are elected of the people, by the people, for the people to do good to the people... at large and was surprising to note that they were going without any technical person or a football player.better late than never their conscious woke , thanks to almighty... and opposition who are still awake.
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                        Siva
                        Jun 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm
                        If you want to really develop foot ball here, they need not go and enjoy world cup by using public money..... They should spend money prudently to develop local talent and infrastructure. Everybody knows it.....But no body does it. But they try to act smart by saying "we are actually going for work purpose..."
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                          Raj
                          Jun 13, 2014 at 9:26 am
                          This has nothing to do with his and NSG don't go on foreign tours. BJP are using NSG as much as others and there are guidelines for use of NSG. You seem rather illogical.
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                            Raj
                            Jun 13, 2014 at 9:24 am
                            With Rs.89 lakhs, many village grounds could have been developed to encourage football at gr roots. Max of Rs.4 lakh would be reasonable per MLA, totalling to Rs.24 lakhs or at the most Rs.30 lakhs.
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                              Vns
                              Jun 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm
                              Since the state government has saved Rs. 89.00 lakhs now, they should spend this money on constructing toilets in the Stae wherever needed. Minimum 40 toilets should be constructed with full facilities.
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