IMPHAL May 29: Charges have been alleged upon the Khadi and Village Industries Commission for misconduct and nepotism in regard to awarding of work tenders by the Comission officials.
A reliable source revealed that a `drama`™ was staged at KVIC office by its officials and selection committee members on May 27 with respect to engaging of an agency for data collection and data entry for electronic tracking system for Prime Minister Employment Generation Program (PMEGP) units under the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India.
A tender notification in respect of engaging the agency for data collection and data entry for e-tracking system for PMEGP units was published in local dailies calling for willing Agencies (DEA) to apply for the bid. According to the tender documents issued to the applicants for the bid,it was mentioned that the applicants has to undergo initial scrutiny for fulfillment of basic requirements, secondly for the technical appraisal where a bidder is required to make presentation of their company`™s profile, experience and also the methodology to be adopted for conducting the assignment and thirdly the applicants who have been shortlisted after the technical appraisal would be notified and thus qualify for opening of the financial bid.
The source maintained that ,four agencies (bidders) namely MANITRON, Computer Gallery, Capital Information Technology Park and Green Foundation had applied for the said tender. Although, all four agencies assembled last Friday at 1 pm as per direction by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission office staff, out of the four agencies, only one had been singled out and called in the selection committee room and witnessed the selection process and later the bid was also awarded in its favor namely Green Foundation. The remaining three Agencies was confined to another room for two hours only to be called in to pronounce that they have awarded the tender to the agency.
The source pointing out the discrepancies stated that out of four agencies, three were not allowed participation in the opening of the sealed tender documents which was supposed to be an open tender. Secondly none of the three agencies had not made presentation of their company profile, experience and also the methodology to be adopted for conducting the assignment which was a prerequisite for the technical bid. Thirdly, the remaining three agencies have not been intimated which agency qualified the technical bid. The source questioned how the selection committee could open the technical bids and financial bids without the knowledge of majority of the tender applicants,and such action points out the ignorance of the selection committee members and KVIC staffs.
Although the profiles of the selection committee members was not informed to the agencies, it is assumed that officials from different government department were on the selection committee. The majority of the applicants felt whether there were any motivating factors for the selection committee members to act in such a fashion. Values and duties of the participating agencies have been completely ignored. From the aforesaid points competence of the selection committee members is doubted and favoritism might have occurred in awarding the said tender, it alleged.
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