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RTI reveals financial irregularities in GFDC

The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) headed by Dr Rufino Monteiro incurred an expenditure of a whopping Rs 30, 28,310 in just four months. This has been revealed in the information obtained from the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information Act.

A perusal of documents obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under RTI reveals glaring financial mismanagement at the GFDC and blatant irregularities in the recruitment of its six staff.

On 26th March this year Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in his budget speech announced that Dr. Rufino Monteiro who is a well known Cardiologist with a deep passion for Football would be the Chairman of the Goa Football Development Council.

The GDFC was registered as a society on 29th June 2012 under the Society registration Act and on 29th July 2012 the GFDC office premises was inaugurated at Myles High Corporate Hub at Patto in Panaji.

The SAG is paying a monthly rent of Rs 2, 48, 400 for the GFDC office premises at Myles High Corporate Hub owned by Andrew Dias which has been taken on a two year lease from 1st August this year. The SAG as a security deposit has also paid Andrew Dias Rs 20, 03,140 which shall be returned by him to SAG without interest on termination of the lease.

Documents reveal no tender was floated for leasing the Myles High Corporate Hub premises by SAG, nor by GFDC. The RTI information reveals that on 14th October 2011, much before the creation of GFDC, the SAG had published an advertisement seeking on a temporary lease premises for the office of the 36th National Games 2014.

As per the documents obtained the SAG through that same old proposal, leased the current premises at Myles High Corporate Hub without calling for fresh tenders. Interestingly the documents reveal that a cheaper premises was available at Caranzalem in the old tender floated by SAG.

The documents also reveal that the SAG had not obtained a non availability of government accommodation certificate from the PWD.

Surprisingly as per the documents, much before the Government having approved the leasing of the premises at Myles High Corporate Hub, the GFDC was already using the Myles High Corporate Hub as its registered address.

The SAG has informed Adv. Aires Rodrigues that the GFDC spent Rs 1, 32,305 on its inaugural function of which Rs 24,980 was spent towards tea and lunch on that day. An amount of Rs 67,500 was also spent by GFDC on 1st Aid training organized for football coaches and conducted by Dr.S.N.K.Ghanekar of which Rs 20,000 was incurred on refreshments alone.

A perusal of the documents also reveals that the GFDC hurriedly recruited persons to fill up six posts in a manner that lacked transparency. Surprisingly all the persons selected joined on the very day their order of appointment was issued. The posts advertised was that of Executive Secretary, two football development officers, two office assistants and one driver.

With candidate given only six days to send in their applications, the GFDC accepted applications with supporting documents only through email even for the post of driver.

Shockingly the documents reveal that applications received from candidates by post were summarily rejected. Surprisingly despite the list of candidates for the interview being already finalized, the GFDC officials on the eve of the interview added the name of Merilyn Edna Dias of Santa Cruz to the list of candidates for the post of Office Assistant after she claimed that her application sent by email had bounced. She was later selected for the post without even any certificates of her credentials having accompanied her bio-data.

Stating that the working of the GFDC was yet another example of mal-administration by this government, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Lokayukta when appointed would have to probe its shoddy affairs.

Adv. Rodrigues also reminded the Chief Minister that high offices were not meant to be doled out to political supporters and that public funds wasted on them was a sheer criminal waste of tax payer’s money.

Alleging that the GFDC was turning out into a white elephant, Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that the government should infact financially strengthen the Goa Football Association to carry out the promotion and development of football in Goa.

Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that government should ensure proper utilisation of available government owned premises instead of needlessly burdening the State exchequer by taking on lease private premises at very exorbitant rates.

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