Another controversy dogs Ganga Kalyana tenders

The government, which had allegedly violated the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements (KTPP) Act, 1999 while floating the tender for one its oldest social welfare schemes Ganga Kalyana, had also postponed the last date to submit bids twice since it invited the same in December last.

It has now come to light that the purpose of postponing the last date to submit bids was to accommodate a few firms, giving room for doubts that there could be a nexus between these firms and some government departments.

Sources said that about 10 firms had been part of the scheme for over 15 years and that the government was trying to accommodate them while inviting bids for the implementation of the scheme in 2012-13 also.

The Dr B R Ambedkar Development Corporation, a corporation under the Department of Social Welfare, floated the tenders on December 29, 2012 fixing January 20 as the last date to submit bids.

However, sources said that the date was postponed to February 14, as some of the said firms sought time to avail themselves a five star rating from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), which has been made mandatory in such schemes.

And this, despite there being over 100 manufacturers in the fray with the required criteria.

The Karnataka Pumpset Manufacturers’ and Distributors’ Association, in a letter to the Corporation and the Principal Secretary, department of Social Welfare, has raised the issue and its likely impact on beneficiaries.

“Our members are displeased with the extension of last date to provide time to certain manufacturers to get the BEE certificate to become eligible to participate while there are several manufacturers who already have BEE certification for the tendered models,” the letter, a copy of which is Deccan Herald’s possession said.

Further, the government had given the said firms an extension up to February 25 to get the required rating certificate and submit the bids.

Sources said that other manufacturers were upset as they are unable to understand why the government needs to postpone implementation of such an important scheme only to accommodate certain manufacturers.

Some of them were even contemplating to take  the matter to court.

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