After contractors complain to PM, Karnataka CM orders probe

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Taking severe be aware of the letter written by Karnataka State Contractors’ Affiliation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that contractors within the State have been compelled to pay a bribe of upto 40% of the venture price to authorities officers and elected representatives to get their dues cleared, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday mentioned he had instructed Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar to conduct an inquiry to inquire into any lapses in awarding contractors.

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“I’ve ordered the Chief Secretary to scrutinise tenders by heads of departments and probe if any lapses are present in awarding of contracts,” Mr. Bommai instructed presspersons after the Cupboard assembly right here. The Chief Minister mentioned he had written to the Chief Secretary to conduct a particular scrutiny of tenders, if any, finalised after his authorities got here to energy.

On July 6, the Karnataka State Contractors’ Affiliation wrote to Mr. Modi alleging that contractors have been compelled to pay a bribe of as much as 40% of the venture price to officers and elected representatives. All contents of the letter can be inquired into, he mentioned.

“Why they despatched the letter there [to PM], I have no idea,” the Chief Minister mentioned. He mentioned all irregularities can be recognized when the probe was carried out. The affiliation’s letter was “very common” and doesn’t cite particular cases, Mr. Bommai mentioned.

To make sure transparency, he mentioned, an digital system can be created for elevating computerized payments primarily based on the seniority of contractors and tasks. Tenders can be cleared on time as delay would give rise to many suspicions, he mentioned.

Mr. Bommai mentioned the Chief Secretary has been instructed to difficulty authorities orders quickly for constituting two tenders committees headed by a retired decide of the Excessive Court docket to estimate and determine circumstances for tenders.

The State Cupboard lately took a choice to represent two committees to test unrealistic estimation of tender quantities by numerous authorities departments and companies in tenders. Below the brand new rule, no tenders can be invited above ₹50 crore with out clearance by committees.

Committees would scrutinise all tender proposals of all departments and solely after the scrutiny, the departments can be allowed to drift tenders.

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