PWD Minister Churchill Alemao was forced to withdraw the ‘Water Tank Scheme’ following a concerted attack by the Opposition led by Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar and BJP MLA representing Fatorda constituency Damodar Naik. And even as he said the scheme would be reformulated, Chief Minster Digambar Kamat exonerated Churchill of any wrongdoing arguing that the steps were taken in the interest of the suffering people.
Damodar Naik pointed out the anomalies in the rates of the tank and exposed the fact that the scheme did not have the requisite financial sanction. However, Churchill brushed aside the issue of rates by claiming that it was a typographical error.
Manohar Parrikar demanded to know how the “poor” beneficiaries were identified given the fact that no Income Certificate is sought from them.
Faced with this concerted attack, Churchill promised to withdraw the scheme and formulate a new one by rectifying the anomalies and also incorporating the suggestions made by the Opposition members.
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat gave Churchill a clean chit by stating that the scheme was formulated to alleviate the suffering of poor people which Churchill could not bear to see and did not bother to check whether the scheme was properly prepared or not.