Transparent probe is on into Goa Dairy irregularities: CM




Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday told the state legislative assembly that  a transparent inquiry by the government is going on into the alleged irregularities at the Goa State Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd, popularly known as Goa Dairy.

Sawant’s assertion came  as  a reply to the calling attention motion moved by Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who wanted to know as what measures the government wants to take over the alleged irregularities in the Goa Dairy and the reappointment of tainted officials in the dairy.

Sawant said that considering seriousness of the complaints received from the Union members  and also a complaint  from the Goa Dairy chairman, the Registrar of Cooperative Societies had appointed a  chartered accountant to inquire into the functioning of the dairy vis-à-vis  Section 77 of the Goa Cooperative Societies Act, 2001.

He said that after hearing all the parties the registrar had passed an order on August 31, 2018,  disqualifying seven board of directors of the  dairy and directing  filing of a separate misappropriation case.

The same order had made the managing director fully responsible for the irregularities  and directed the administrator to place him under suspension, the Chief Minister said, adding  that the registrar had asked the administrator to conduct a detailed inquiry and initiate disciplinary action over the irregularities and corrupt practice and terminate the managing director accordingly.

Aggrieved by the order, the board of directors and the managing director of the union had filed a
petition before the High Court of Bombay at Goa, which quashed the order passed by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies for violation of principle of natural justice, Sawant explained.

The Chief Minister said  the High Court has directed the authority to pass a fresh order expeditiously after hearing all the parties in accordance with law.

The HC has said that new order from the registrar should come not later than four months from the date of communication of the High Court order.

The four months period will come to end on  August 10, 2019.

Stating that there is no scope  for the government to intervene directly in the affairs of the Goa Dairy, he said that all the current directors must be relieved and  farmers should elect good people on the board.

The Chief Minister opined that there should be a government official on the board of directors of the dairy.

On the SUMUL issue, the Chief Minister said  the SUMUL  collects   an average of 12,000 litres of milk per day.

Since it began operations it  has collected 85 lakh litres of milk, he informed.