India, Aug. 14 -- The opposition Congress has accused the Goa government of 'inflating tender estimates' when calling for bids to appoint agencies for cleaning the state's beaches, a charge denied by the tourism minister.

Congress legislator Reginaldo Lourenco, who had earlier raised the matter in the Goa assembly, alleged large scale corruption in the deal.

"Earlier the government was spending Rs 9 crore per year. Even at that time, the Goa Lokayukta had raised questions about the cost. Now, they want to take it from Rs 9 crore to Rs 40 crore," Reginaldo said.

The president of the Congress' state unit Girish Chodankar alleged that the "corruption" lay in the inflated estimates.

"The corruption lies in inflating the estimates. Further...