PANAJI: The Gawada Kunbi Velip and Dhangar Federation (GAKUVED) has thanked Water Resource Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues for revoking the suspension order of six WRD staff working at Chapolim Dam service area, in connection with alleged shooting of obscene video by a model and actor Poonam Pandey.

Earlier, on 9th November the  GAKUVED Federation had given memorandum to the WRD executive engineer, Aquem, Salcete and agitated in front of his office and had questioned him and also gave two days’ time to revoke the suspension order of six WRD staff.

Futher the Federation delegation had also met Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes on 9th November and briefed him the injustice done to the six WRD staff by suspending them at no fault of them. Also it was briefed to him how another seven  security guards attached to the Chapolim Dam of Goa Human Resource Development Corporation were being harassed by calling them to police station.

The matter was also brought to the notice of SC/ST Commissioner Ramesh Tawadkar and had requested him to take cognisance of this incident and immediately initiate the necessary inquiry under the Goa Commission for SC/ST ACT 2010 .

When no action was initiated by authorities, finally the GAKUVED Federation delegation met WRD Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues on 16th November.

Federation Vice President  Ravindra Velip had explained the minister how injustice has been done to six WRD staff and how they have been made ‘scapegoats’ in the alleged shooting of obscene video by one Poonam Pandey in the premises of Chapolim dam as they were poor and belonging to ST community, whereas real culprits were allowed to go scot free.

The delegation had explained to the minister in brief the actual facts of the alleged incident.

The WRD Minister had assured the delegation that he will conduct an inquiry at his level through Superintending Engineer with regard to the suspension of six WRD staff and revoke the suspension order within eight days’ time.

“Now the suspension order has been revoked we thank him  (WRD Minister) for personally looking into the matter and giving justice to innocent six WRD staff of Chapolim Dam,” said GAKUVED general secretary  Rupesh Velip.