Goa football council rubbishes wasteful expenditure allegations

PANJIM: After coming under attack from an RTI activist alleging irregularities and wasteful expenditure, the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) has shot down the same as baseless and a futile exercise being undertaken to tarnish its image.
A Panjim based lawyer cum RTI activist has alleged that the GFDC headed by Dr Rufino Monterio has indulged in gross irregularities and mismanagement.
If one recalls, on March 26 this year Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in his budget speech announced the constitution of the GFDC under the chairmanship of Dr Monteiro.
The GFDC was registered as a society on June 29, 2012 under the Society Registration Act and on July 29, 2012 the GFDC office premises was inaugurated at Myles High Corporate Hub at Patto, Panjim.
That the SAG is paying a monthly rent of Rs 2,48,400 for the GFDC office premises at Myles High Corporate Hub has not been denied by GFDC nor SAG which defended this stating that the lease is for a period of two years as the present SAG premises is in a dilapidated condition and does not meet the requirements of dealing with high profile sports personalities in view of the Lusofonia Games 2013 and National Games 2014.
GFDC officials say that the rent rate was approved by the PWD. To an allegation that recruitments were done hurriedly, the GFDC has denied the same. The RTI activist has claimed that 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,” says the statement from the activist.
This Panjim based lawyer activist has today demanded that the government should in public interest seriously review the very continuance of the GFDC.
He has demanded that the Goa Football Association be strengthened instead and alleged that wasteful expenditure on institutions set up to accommodate political supporters should be curtailed.
A top GFDC official said, “The GFDC is working for the interest of Goan football and footballers and those who have undergone training and orientation will vouch for this. There is no personal interest involved here.”  [H]