MARGAO: The Shadow Council for Margao exposed the arbitrary manner in which the Margao Municipal Council appointed a private garbage collection agency by following arbitrary procedures.
According to Savio Coutinho, the Convener of SCM, the last date for receiving applications for empanelment of garbage collection agencies was 12/9/2017. Interestingly, according to the Municipality records, an application from the agency, dated 13/9/2017, having no inward stamp was put up for approval on Sept. 20, 2017. No resolution by the Council to empanel or hire him was reportedly taken by the Council yet the Work Order was given on Sept 26, 2017.
"How could the Municipal council give the contract to this agency after the last date for empanelment and without any resolution?" questioned Savio. "The agency is also given the garbage collection contract in Ponda, Mormugao, Canacona, Rumdamol and Sanguem towns", he alleged.
The Shadow Council had written to the Directorate of Municipal Administration in May and June, who in turn had directed the Municipality to take action. Savio claimed that the Municipal Council has neither replied to the DMA nor to their complaint. “Now, since this issue has been raised in the Legislative Assembly and the CM Manohar Parrikar acknowledged that the contractor is not doing anything, we demand that action be taken or else we will file a vigilance complaint or petition the High Court”, he warned.
Another member of the Shadow Council, Radha Kavlekar pointed out that the Council is not enforcing the clauses in the agreement with the Collection agency.