Panaji, Jul 23: Stating that the government needs to probe who influenced the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) test reports on formalin, which was found in fish, president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee Girish Chodankar on Sunday said that FDA director Jyoti Sardessai’s phone call details or Call Data Records need to be checked, reports the NavHind Times.
IndiaScoops.com has learnt that about 4-5 wholesale fish agents, basically the big sharks, and a particular Minister from South Goa, collectively made over a 200 phone calls to various FDA personnel, Health officials, CM’s office and other Ministers in Goa on the day the agency raided and impounded about 17 formalin-laced fish trucks at around 4 am, which had arrived from outside the State.
“It is surprising that all the wholesale fish agents had direct access to senior FDA officials, when even MLAs do not have all the contact numbers,” a Goa Congress leader told IndiaScoops.com.
Media reports which appeared in several mainline publications in Goa have claimed that the FDA director Jyoti Sardesai spoke to her field agents on Ibrahim Maulana’s phone and instructed them to get the fish samples to the lab for further testing.
The field agents had already conducted initial spot tests which proved that formalin was present, impounded the trucks and had ordered the wholesale fish agents not to distribute the fish.
Addressing the media, Chodankar said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has no control over his cabinet ministers as a result of which the test reports on formalin were twisted through influence and alleged that the government is playing with the lives of the people.
He threatened to disturb the assembly proceedings again if detailed discussion on the issue of formalin is not taken up. Chodankar said that it is a serious issue concerning the health of people and needs to be discussed in the assembly at length. He said since the issue concerns 16 lakh Goans, it needs to be discussed threadbare adding that Speaker Pramod Sawant should remain neutral.
He said Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai and his Goa Forward party have been exposed over the issue of formalin and added that the minister has planned to shift the Margao wholesale fish market to a new and spacious place to carry on with ‘activities.’
The GPCC chief said that it is evident from the issues cropping up that there are verbal clashes going on between cabinet ministers despite the Chief Minister asking them to sort out the differences existing among themselves.
According to the NavHind Times Chodankar said there is an issue between Sardesai and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane.
He further said earlier there were similar verbal clashes between Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo and Urban Development Minister Francis D’Souza and between PWD Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar and Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude.
These incidents prove that the Chief Minister has no control over his ministers, Chodankar said adding that in the last 18 months the BJP government has done nothing as regards casinos, mining issue and the Coastal Regulatory Zone.