Aravana Scam- Devotees will block Jihadi’s Aravana plant

via HK published on October 3, 2007

Kochi: “There is no point in talking secularism in Sabarimala. The temple rituals are performed according to Hindu texts and Hindu beliefs. Aravana is to be made by Hindus, for our God. Government shall not prove their secularism in temple matters”, told Kumanam Rajasekharan while adressing the press conference to expose the Aravana scam in Sabarimala.


Hindu Aikya Vedi alleged that, Devaswom Board’s decision to award the contract to Mr.Shanavas of Elite Food Products for the supply of Aravana, involves corruption to the tune of crores of Rupees. On these grounds, HAV demanded the resignation of fraudulent TDB President & Members who are involved in this scam.


TDB awarded the contract to 4th highest bidder ignoring the 1st ,2nd and 3rd. According to TDB, the company who submitted lowest quotation is black-listed. Therefore they jumped to the 4th, conveniently forgetting those in 2nd and 3rd postition.Mr.Shanavas was specially invited to TDB office and asked to reduce the price per tin to Rs.5.90 each. TDB has breached the Central Vigilance commission’s instructions by ignoring the 2nd lowest bidder, while hurrying to favour their patrons. The administration has failed even to check whether M/s Elite Food Products has the capacity to manufacture one tin of Aravana at least. .For the the Communist who are in the helm of TDB, Sabarimala is also a means to swindle crores to their party office like RUBCO


Sri Kummanam warned the government that, if Mr.Shanavas is permitted to manufacture aravana, Ayyappa devotees will block the Aravana plant.


Sri.Kummanam mentioned that similar to the ‘annadanam’ being conducted in Sabarimala, several Ayyappa Trusts and Bhajanasamithis are ready to distribute Aravana Payasam to the devotees free of cost.


It shall be remembered that, award of contract to Shanavas happens, when attempts are being made for the trade-mark registration of Aravana payasam with M/s Kuwok(owned by a Muslim) of Singapore. There are speculations on the involvement of Singapore party in TDB’s decision to award the contract to Elite Food Products. In 1999 there was an attempt by vested interests to sabotage the name and quality of sacred Aravana by spreading rumours of finding ‘rat tail ‘in it. Three years ago, there was an unusual fire near the Aravana plant in Sabarimala. None of the police reports on these incidents have been published by the government of Kerala.Sri Kummanam demanded to take strict action against the culprits involved in the above incidents.


Since the number of days for Sabarimala season is very less,it will not be possible for any of the contractors to supply one crore tins of Aravana even if TDB awards the contract at this moment. There are no plants in India which can manufacture 70000 containers in a day.It is pity to note that, there has been no contractors since May 2007 for the supply of Aravana payasam.


Shri.Babu, secretary of HAV was also present at the press conference held at Kochi yesterday.

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