THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Administrative Reforms Commission chairman VS Achuthanandan has welcomed the government decision to conduct a judicial probe into the CAG findings on Vizhinjam seaport project. The case should be handed over to a credible national probe agency in case a sitting judge is not available, he said.
According to the CAG report, the concession agreement on the Vizhinjam project was favouring the private partner.The previous UDF Government had conceived the agreement in favour of the Adani group, developers of the `7,525 crore project, alleged V S Achuthanandan in a statement here on Monday. Though the then Opposition had raised the issue within and outside the Assembly many a time, the UDF Government went ahead with the same.
“Even after the audit report on the agreement pointed at major irregularities, the UDF was not ready to correct the mistakes. In fact, the concession agreement had all the blessings of the Union Government. That’s why the LDF demanded the agreement should be reviewed,” VS said.
The CAG report has upheld his arguments about the concession agreement, said V S. “Major irregularities have been unearthed by the CAG. The report has upheld my arguments that it was an agreement against the state’s interests,” VS said.
The LDF in its manifesto had promised to rectify the irregularities in the concession agreement once the CAG report was submitted before the House. The LDF had stated necessary corrective measures would be taken and a report in this regard would be released within two months. Considering the criticisms raised by a constitutional establishment like the CAG, the government should verify whether the concession agreement can be corrected, he said.