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Youth Cong seeks rectification of NIT

DIMAPUR, NOV 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/12/2019 12:04:21 PM IST

Alleging corrupt practices by various government departments in issuing tender notices, Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) Tuesday sought the intervention of the chief minister in stopping usage of clauses in tender invitations. In a memorandum addressed to the state chief minister, NPYC president Vilhousilie Kenguruse and general secretary, Limayangba, expressed shock at the notice inviting tender (NIT) issued by chief engineer PWD(R&B) dated October 23, 2019. 

According to NPYC, the clause No. 16 of the NIT states that “The acceptance of the lowest rate is not obligatory and quoting of non-workable rate will be summarily rejected”.  NPYC claimed that the department did not have the intention and willingness to promote the young contractors, but favour only a handful of contractors. It expressed the view that such practice by government departments would only promote favouritism and nepotism. 

NPYC suggested that if any bidder was willing to quote below the Schedule of Rate, then the department should be willing to grant contract to the firm, because a contractor would put up bid only after proper assessment.

Further, NPYC lamented that despite the repeated appeal to do away with such corrupt practices, the departments, including Nagaland PWD, continued to include such clauses in the NIT hampering the prospect of upcoming contractors.

Meanwhile, NPYC has demanded that NIT No.CE/R&B/PMGSY-II/TENDER/2019-2020 dated October 23, 2019, which was scheduled to be opened tomorrow, should be immediately stopped until such time the clause 16 was removed.

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