Minister slams own administration in Goa, targets finance ministry’s functioning

Panaj, Nov 17 (UNI) Goa Minister for Revenue and IT Rohan Khaunte on Saturday joined chorus of the opposition and his other cabinet colleagues in targeting his own government claiming that the state administration had come to a standstill.

Speaking to reporters he said,”I am having a very serious concern when it comes to IT (Information Technology ministry), it comes to Revenue (ministry). Lot of people in the bureaucracy or in the governance side, who are not seen by the people, are taking certain things for their own benefit, their own interest or for what interest I do not know, but (it is) not of interest of Goans.”

He also alleged that there was a lobby of individuals and bureucrats in the administrative set up trying to get benefits in the absence of Chief Minister from the office.

The independent MLA, who represents Porvorim constituency in the state assembly, claimed that for several months government files were not moving in the finance ministry which is headed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Mr Khaunte said for the last four to five months all files were rotating in different departments, specially finance department, which was frustrating.

”As elected representatives we become responsible for the people of Goa. As ministers to the people of Goa, as MLA to the people of my constituency…But bureaucracy is something which is not seen by the people. But I feel the administration has come to a standstill. I feel that there is nothing moving from the finance side of it,” he said.

Mr Khaunte is not the first legislator to claim that the state administration had been affected under the coalition government which is headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Earlier, his cabinet colleague and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardesai, Goa Assembly Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party President Deepak Dhavalikar also had expressed the same sentiment.

The opposition Congress also had earlier claimed that there was cartel of bureaucrats and Officers on Special Duty (OSD), who were politically appointed, calling the shots in the state administration.

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