Even as Agriculture Minister Vishwajit Rane has ordered an internal audit of the scheme to supply vegetables at subsidized rates by Goa State Horticultural Corporation (GSHC), the State government has dispatched a high level delegation to Karnataka to resolve the crisis of refusing vegetables to the GSHC by the Belgaum wholesale vegetable vendors.
Vishwajit Rane said that a monthly audit of the scheme will be conducted in a bid to silence the Opposition that has alleged that the scheme is riddled by scams as it had alleged that the vegetables are purchased for hefty commissions.
GSHC Chairman Sankalp Amonkar welcomed the internal audit arguing that it will silence all the critics and also revealed that a high level delegation will visit Karnataka to sort out the crisis triggered by the wholesale vegetable vendors refusing to sell vegetables to GSHC.
He disclosed that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had spoken to the Superintendent of Police in Belgaum asking for police protection to load and transport the vegetables for GSHC.
Sankalp Amonkar revealed that since wholesale vegetable dealers in Belgaum have been harassing GSHC officials, vegetables are also being procured from Chikmagalur in Karnataka and Nashik and Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
He also accused the vegetable vendors from Goa for the present crisis saying that they have instigated the wholesale vegetable vendors in Belgaum as the GSHC’s scheme has affected their business since people have been visiting the GSHC run outlets where vegetables are available at a cheaper rate.