Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had summoned a public interaction of the Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited (IPSCDL) with the citizens of Panaji on 28th May last year at the Menezes Braganza Hall in Panaji but at the last minute he abruptly cancelled it while publicly assuring us all that it would be very soon re-scheduled.

It is now almost over nine long months and that long overdue meeting has still not been held. It is imperative that Pramod Sawant should at the earliest possible moment convene this crucial meeting which he abruptly cancelled with the Citizens of Panaji so that the true facts and figures of this so-called multi-crore Panaji Smart City mega scam venture and loot all comes to the fore. He must realise that he is responsible and accountable for his actions and misdeeds to the people of Panaji and Goa. Ironically Panaji MLA Babush Monseratte who had demanded this public interaction with the Smart City officials has gone silent after embracing the BJP. Only as recently as June last year Babush criticized the Government and termed it as a scam, a fraud as far as the people of Panaji are concerned. He alleged that some bureaucrats were doing works of Smart City without transparency and demanded that the CEO should be sacked.

Those who have deviously pocketed crores under the guise of transforming Panaji into a Smart City need to be exposed and mercilessly punished. These culpable culprits that were given responsibility for this adventure and squandered crores of public funds to enrich themselves must now be held accountable to the very Smart Citizens of Panaji. These scamsters must realize that they can run but they can no longer hide their misdeeds from the people of Panaji and Goa at large.

The buck must stop at the door of the Chief Minister who undertook to oversee this issue and to reschedule the public consultation meet which has failed to materialize. The people of Panjim will no doubt reach their own conclusions on this deliberate act of omission designed to hide the truth. Financially, the alleged scam may run into many crores but athere is no greater fraud than a promise not kept and an abuse of public trust in Government. Our Mahatma Gandhi once said ‘Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth’.


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