Panaji, Sep 25 (UNI) Alleging ''miserable failure'' of the law and order machinery with the politicisation of the police force, the leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar today called for immediately convening a meeting of the State Security Commission to review the situation.
Regretting that the four-member Commission, constituted with chief minister as its Chairman on April 3 last at the instance of the Supreme Court, had not yet had its sitting, he demanded that the commission should meet at the earliest.
Interacting with mediapersons, Mr Parrikar said he was dashing a letter to the Director General of police B S Brar, ex-officio secretary of the commission in this regard. Chief secretary J P Singh and former justice Dr E S Da Silva are members of the commission.
The main objective of the commission was to lay down policies and give directions in preparing preventive tasks and service oriented functions of the police force, besides evaluating its performance and presenting its report to the State Legislative Assembly.
A series of burglaries of jewellery shops, even in the Margao constituency represented by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, and failure of even the traffic cops in ensuring smooth functioning of the system demonstratd the laxity of the police force as it was politically influenced, Mr Parrikar said.
He alleged that the police force had failed to do the basic functions of ensuring law and order and checking crime on a professional basis with some higher-ups becoming the ''blue-eyed boys'' of Chief Minister and other ministers.
The Commission, he said, should meet immediately to review the situation and take remedial measures.
Mr Parrikar further saw a ''scam'' in the Public Distribution System (PDS) even as the Centre had been meeting only 10 per cent of the requirement of rice and wheat of this tourist state.
Goa, he said, required about 6000 tonnes of rice and 3500 tonnes of wheat. Even the tardy supplies, including kerosene, had not been reaching the target groups, he alleged.
He said he would be writing a letter soon to the Centre in this regard seeking a probe into the functioning of the very PDS in Goa.