Lokayukta give GFP 4-weeks to submit say in LabourGate
PANAJI: The Goa Lokayukta has given four weeks to Goa Forward Party to submit, say in Labour Gate Scam case, wherein it was alleged that BJP workers had siphoned off funds meant for labourers.
GFP General Secretary (Org) Durgadas Kamat, who was present for the hearing, said the next hearing will take place on 15th November 2021.
It may be recalled that Goa Lokayukta, Justice (retd) P K Misra had directed the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) to investigate the Labour Gate Scam and file FIR against those involved in it.
“This COVID relief scheme was meant for Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW), but BJP had enrolled their workers’ names and took the benefit. Despite the order from Lokayukta to investigate this matter, the government has done nothing. It has made Lokayukta act toothless.” Kamat said.
“Even chief minister Pramod Sawant had admitted that labour gate scam had happened. But no action has been taken in this regard. BJP Govt is trying to safeguard their supporters involved in this scam.” Kamat said.
“We want to know what action has been taken on fake beneficiaries and those who enrolled them. We have brought this to the notice of Lokayukta.” Kamat said.
He said that cases should be registered against fake applicants who have fraudulently represented themselves as BOCW.