The budget session of the Goa Legislative Assembly began in right earnest on Wednesday with the Opposition taking the Government to task over the functioning of the Goa State Horticultural Corporation Limited.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that there was large scale corruption and abuse of power in the corporation particularly over the issue of purchasing vegetables that are distributed to the retail outlets managed by the corporation.
It may be recalled that last month Goa faced a severe vegetable shortage as the vegetable suppliers from Belgaum refused to allow the Goa Horticulture Corporation Trust from being loaded with vegetables on grounds that the corporation was favouring a couple of dealers for the alleged kick-back.
Following the Opposition’s step in the House this morning, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat intervened to agree to an audit of the corporation and plug any loopholes that may be found.
However, chief minister asserted that the retail outlets of the horticulture corporation were absolutely necessary not only because it provides employment to hundreds of people but also it has helped rationalize the prices of vegetables in the retail market.
Goa depends largely on its neighbours Karnataka and Maharashtra for its vegetable supply and before the horticulture corporation commenced its retail operations, prices of the vegetables in Goa were at the whims and fancies of the vegetable vendors, most of them hailing from Karnataka.