Kohima, February 23 (MExN): The Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) has alleged that it has found anomalies committed by the Home Department in approval of tenderer(s) for supply of items for Nagaland Armed Police, Nagaland Police and IRB for the year 2017-18.
In a RTI furnished to KDCC, a letter signed by Under Secretary of Home Department addressed to the Director General of Police Nagaland, revealed that the State Purchase Board had approved the different tenderers for the supply of 33 items of clothing and equipments on percentage basis.
“It is more interesting to observe the approval of tenderer as the department has floated all laid down norms of tender system by clubbing together the different bidders to that of the most qualified bidder,” KDCC President Kevi Vizo in a press release here pointed.
“Out of the 33 items for supply tendered, long boots among the several tenderers, the bidder with Rs 1075 declared to be qualified but the tender was not only sanctioned against that single bidder but other bidders including the highest tenderer with Rs 1425 and lowest Rs 950 were also approved to supply the boots but at the approved rate. Similar process has been followed while granting supply order for other 32 items,” it purported.
Out of the 33 items for supply, KDCC brought forth the “tender for Long boots among the several tenderers, the bidder with Rs 1075 was declared qualified, but HDCC cited that the “tender was not only sanctioned against that single bidder, but other bidders including the highest tenderer with Rs 1425 and lowest Rs 950.”
The KDCC also mentioned the tenderers who had failed to separately mention the CGST and SGST rates beyond the normal rate of the item were also approved.
Questioning the authority of the Purchase Board in thrashing the norms of such approval, it added that in the open tender, the qualified bidder should only be getting the supply order.
“Such revelations have casted aspersions into the hidden anomalies within the department,” the KDCC lamented further saying that few months after the NDPP-led PDA government came to power, “Home Department has indulged in changing the norms and laws.”
“If not so then KDCC demands that the government of the day initiates proper action against the approving authority of the tender process involving crores of rupees,” it added.