Flouting rules, JKPCC buys material worth Rs 200 cr without e-tendering

Vice chairman, JKPCC Khalid Jehangir said that he would take up the issue with the concerned officials.

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 18 2018 12:16AM | Updated Date: May 18 2018 12:16AM
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Their claim of always adhering to the set procedure in the allotment of public works notwithstanding, the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Company, in a bizarre decision, has earmarked for itself the task of buying construction material and hiring labour for the building of two medical colleges in Baramulla and Anantnag.

As per the norms, JKPCC must announce e-tenders to supply material and men to the company when it undertakes a public work. In this instance, JKPCC would all by itself spend some Rs 200 crore on buying construction material, steel, cement, sand, stone, brick, and hire men, to complete the two projects in the two districts.

The officials of JKPCC were grilled during the recently held board meeting for taking up construction work of multi-crore projects without following the due process. “The same was duly discussed and noted by the Board of Directors. However, it was advised that this should not be repeated in future and proper bidding process should be followed in consonance with the MoU (Agreement),” reads the minutes of the board meeting of JKPCC.

JKPCC in its reply has stated that on the authorisation of health and medical education department, commissioner secretary, public works department vide order No. 223-PW(R&B) of 2016 dated 01.08.2016 has entrusted construction of   two   medical   Colleges   at Anantnag and   Baramulla  to  JKPCC  Ltd.

In its defence, JKPCC offered a somewhat weak alibi in not announcing e-tenders. “Due to the prevailing turmoil in the Kashmir Valley at that time the matter was discussed  at various  levels, where it was explained that JKPCC shall face hardships in adopting full e tendering system for supplies and labour as many prospective and national level participants may not like to participate. Moreover, timely execution of projects could have thus been impaired on account of these uncertainties.”

A senior JKPCC official who was present in the meeting said, “JKPCC’s decision to allot Rs 200 crore work without e-tendering certainly raised eyebrows. As the public works for even Rs 5 lakh are allotted through e-tendering process, but for this they have allotted it without following codal work conduct.”

Vice chairman, JKPCC Khalid Jehangir said that he would take up the issue with the concerned officials.