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Goa govt cancels MLAs’ study tour to Brazil

first_imgBrazilian soccer fans celebrate the third goal of their team against Croatia as they watch the opening match of the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro.Bowing down to the Opposition’s pressure and public outcry, the Goa government has cancelled the Rs 89-lakh junket by six legislators to Brazil at the end of this month to watch the FIFA World Cup.”We have cancelled official tour of MLAs to Brazil, bowing before public sentiment, “Goa sports minister Ramesh Tawadkar said.Earlier in the day, the six Goa legislators decided to pay for the trip themselves although the Congress said it would only believe them if an official notification confirmed their decision.The proposed Brazil visit of the six MLAs, including ministers Ramesh Tawadkar (Sports), Avertano Furtado (Fisheries) and Milind Naik (Power), had sparked a row after it became public that the state sports department had sanctioned Rs.89 lakh for the tour.Congress had termed the trip a “wasteful expenditure” and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “stop the junket”, although Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had defended the decision and described it as an “investment”.last_img read more

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