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Power deptt clarifies on RGGVY Scheme
DIMAPUR, MAR 3 (NPN):
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Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:51 AM IST
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Drawing attention to the news item that appeared in the local dailies on February 28, where the NPCC alleged that various anomalies existed in the implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) Scheme, the state power department government has issued a clarification. On the tendering process, Commissioner & secretary, (Power) R. Binchilo Thong IAS in an official statement clarified that the department had published the NITs in the national papers for which bids were also received from outside firms including Mumbai, Chennai, Gurgaon, Assam etc apart from local firms. It said the works were awarded after evaluation as per REC stipulated guidelines. Admitting that funds amounting to Rs 54.40 crores have been received, the power department however said the misuse or misappropriation of funds did not arise. It said only Mobilization Advances (against an equivalent Bank Guarantee) were being released to the turnkey contractors and that no payments against actual works have been incurred as of date. The power department also clarified that the payments made to Phek and Zunheboto districts in January 2008 and December 2008 respectively were only Mobilization Advances (against an equivalent Bank Guarantee) and not against actual work done. It however admitted that the implementation of works have been slower than expected in Phek district. According to the statement, the department had already notified the firm/contractor for cancellation of the contract and blacklisting in October 2008. Since then, works are in progress in Meluri and Chozuba area, it added. The power department said works were expected to start soon in Zunheboto adding that the mobilization advance was paid only recently. It said the power department would monitor and ensure that the works in Phek and Zunheboto were executed within the stipulated time.

 
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