Chief electrical engineer rubbishes Velingkar’s ‘claim’

NT NETWORK

Panaji

The state electricity
department, on Tuesday, denied of having any ‘direct link’ with Pooja
Industries, a Margao-based company.

Chief Electrical
Engineer Reshma Mathew informed that the electrical materials are procured by
the department through the Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries
Development Corporation Ltd (GHRSSIDC) as per the agreement between the two
government agencies.

Addressing a press
conference in Panaji, president of ‘Rising Goans’ Shailendra Velingkar, on
Tuesday, alleged that the department procured ‘substandard’ electrical
materials without following the due tendering process from the said company
which is owned by Joseph Mathew who happens to be the husband of Chief
Electrical Engineer Reshma Mathew.

Rubbishing the claim of
Velingkar, the Chief Electrical Engineer said, “Pooja industries is not there
in bidders’ list nor they have purchased the tender documents. If any
individuals are leveling allegation then they should prove their claim.”

Reshma Mathew said that
the allegations against her are ‘baseless,’ adding that one of the executive
engineer is ‘hurt’ to see the progress of the department since she has taken
over the charge of the department.

“One of our executive
engineers is in hand in glove with these elements who are accusing me of
irregularities. The same people were quoting for tenders and trying to gain
double profits, and as they failed to succeed, they are now trying to malign my
name. Let them prove if I have given any order directly to Pooja industries,”
she challenged.

She said that she has
managed to curb the corruption and improve the efficiency and overall performance
of the department, and hence the particular ‘corrupt’ executive engineer has
conspired against her.

“The executive engineer
of division II directly places an order with GHRSSIDC, and it is they who raise
the bills after supply to the concerned engineer of the stores. Then the
payment by the department is made to GHRSSIDC. We are nowhere dealing with any
company directly,” she said explaining the process adopted by the
department while procuring electrical materials.

She further said that if
GHRSSIDC is dealing with any particular company then it is not a concern of the
department.

Shailendra Velingkar
also claimed that Power Minister Nilesh Cabral kept the tender floated to
procure electrical material worth Rs 4 crore in abeyance so as to favour Pooja
industries and alleged that the minister received kickbacks from the particular
company.

When contacted, Cabral
rubbished the claim, and he too said that the department has never dealt with
any company directly for small purchases.

“GHRSSIDC is the concerned
agency. Who is this Shailendra Velingkar? It appears that this illiterate
individual is not aware of how our department functions,” he said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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