IndyaWire.com Bureau | 25th August 2015
Prominent advocate and social worker in Goa, Aires Rodrigues today filed a complaint with the Secretary Protocol Amjad Tak over the debatable issue of alcohol served at a government dinner hosted by the Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar at Hotel Mandovi in Panaji on August 21st.
In his complaint Aires Rodrigues has alleged that in clear breach of the rules and established protocol, alcohol was served at the dinner.
Rodrigues has in his complaint further stated that though that government dinner was meant to be an interaction by the Chief Minister with journalists, it was highhandedly attended by most BJP Ministers, MLAs, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar besides some State BJP office bearers who merrily wined and dined at tax payer’s expense.
Alleging that the attendance of the entire BJP brigade at that dinner was most inappropriate, Rodrigues in his complaint has stated that there had to be a very clear dividing line between a government function and a political party occasion.
Pointing out that there was a clear directive of the Goa government to curb all unnecessary wasteful expenditure, Rodrigues in his complaint has sought the intervention of the Secretary Protocol to ensure that such extravagant and needless burden on the state exchequer is totally prohibited.
Rodrigues has further requested the Secretary Protocol to issue appropriate instructions especially in view of the fact that the cash strapped Goa Government has been unable to even pay the monthly pension payments for the last two months to the old age pensioners under the Dayanand Social Security Scheme.