Irregularities in 1,921 tenders worth Rs 4,601 cr

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2019 11:48:19


 

Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

CAG REPORT

The Audit report tabled in the Chhattisgarh Assembly has exposed irregularities in 1,921 tenders valued at Rs 4,601 crore. The audit revealed collusion between the department officials and the contractors resulting in unfair tender practices.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Bijay Kumar Mohanty, Accountant General (Audit) Chhattisgarh informed that analysis of the database of e-procurement system revealed that for the 1,921 tenders invited during April 2016 to March 2017, 74 computers were used to upload tender details by 17 departments of the State Government and strangely these same computers were used by one or more bidders to upload their quotes.

Of these, 477 bidders who had used the common computers of these government departments were awarded works worth Rs 961.26 crore. Surprisingly, the system which had an inbuilt business intelligence module to block such violations, failed to detect such lapses until these were pointed out by Audit.

CAG further pointed out that it indicates that the bidders and the officials processing these bids were in close touch even before the bidding process and with several vendors/bidders using the same primary email-id, the whole system becomes porous and unreliable. The Comptroller and Auditor General has strongly recommended to Department of Electronics and Information Technology to carry out investigation from a vigilance angle on the use of same machines. The CAG has recommended for investigation by an independent agency for taking suitable action within a specified time period.

The CAG also revealed that in violation of Section 272 B of Income Tax Act, 1961, which stipulates that one person can hold only one PAN, 79 contractors/ vendors used two sets of PAN numbers, one for registration in the e-Works Portal of PWD and the other for generation of their vendor-id in e-Procurement system. Of these, 24 contractors were awarded works worth Rs 209.5 crore. Ironically, the vendor management module preventing creation of two vendor-id against the same PAN already recorded in e-Procurement system, failed to ensure this in 90 cases (vendor-id) where two vendors-ids were generated against the same PAN.

Also, in gross violation of set norms, a contractor having bid capacity of merely Rs 4.38 crore, was awarded 11 tenders valued at Rs 23.77 crore by PWD while surpassing his bid capacity. Similarly, another contractor was awarded a tender worth Rs 7.73 crore despite his not meeting the pre-bid requirements.