Bandipora: Accusing PHE department of nepotism and corruption, Young contractors association (YCA) Bandipora, Tuesday said no work is allotted to them.
In a sit-in protest outside DC office Bandipora, the contractor body alleged staff and the Chief Executive Officer PHE of resorting to loot of the state exchequer by drawing money and allotting work to influential contractors for in lieu of personal benefits.
The young contractors said, “Government had come up with e-tendering only to stop the corruption in the system, but officers bypass that system for personal benefits.”
Basharat Hameed, a young contractor cited an example pipeline project from Kaloosa Bridge to Watapora Payeen where he says tenders were issued for 10 lac rupees, but an influential contractor was issued tender at Rs 3.5 lac.
“Even extension for rest of the work was verbally granted to the same contractor by floating all the rules,” he said.
Another contractor, Tanveer Ahmad said that “the extension works are not tendered, and are approved at will by the department as a part of contractor –official nexus.”
He added that same has been done with other projects in Bankoot, Pazalpora, Arin, Mantrigam, and at various other areas of the district.”
Contractors also alleged that staff of PHE Bandipora has not been transferred from a decade now and retired employees of the department are given priority in allotment of contracts.
When contacted Executive Engineer PHE told Kashmir Reader: “priority works have to be done within the time limit, and whenever there is a work where DC orders us to execute it immediately to avoid public resentment, the extension orders are issued verbally to any contractor. Moreover, if the extension work in any project exceeds 10-15 percent of the total tendered work the separate tenders are issued.”
He further said that the “issue about Pipeline project was under Chief Minister Commitment project and it was a priority for the government to execute it immediately, so the extension was issued by tenders, not by approval.”
The Young Contractors Association has demanded a ministerial level inquiry into the dealings of PHE Department.