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RDD violates norms, purchases stationary from open market
3/19/2019 12:17:06 AM
Jehangir Rashid
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Mar 18: The Department of Rural Development has flouted norms and it is purchasing stationary from the market without any codal formalities. The department has left the bidders high and dry while violating the set procedure.
Sources told Early Times that the department had invited tenders for the supply of stationary items and the tenders have not been opened so far. As a result of this the department is making the purchase of these items from the open market.
"Many people took part in the tendering process and applied for the tender asking for the supply of stationary items. However, till date the tenderers have been kept in dark and the tender has not been opened as yet," said sources.
Sources said that stationary stuff like note books are being purchased by the department from the market. They said the delay in opening of tenders has pushed the whole system in quandary with the purchases being made from the market.
It would be in place of mention here that the department is yet to publish the calendar for this year. The department is yet to decide even though the tender has been allotted to a party. Sources said that in December 2018 the department invited tenders through the e-tendering process for the printing of calendars for 2019.
Although three months have passed since then the department has not yet finalized the process so far. 'The department invited the tenders through e-tendering process and it was expected that the same would be completed soon. However, the department took ages and it is yet to finish the job. It may take them many more months and by that time it is apprehended that half of the year might have been ended," said sources.
Sources said that four or five parties took part in the e-tendering process and the tender should have been allotted to the party who had quoted the lowest rate. They said that even if one party took part in the tendering process the tender should have been allotted to that party.
One of the parties that took part in the tendering process said that when he contacted the department higher ups he was told that the response was very poor towards the tender notice. The party was told that the whole process would be re-advertised so that the response is better.
"In the first instance we were asked to submit the soft copies of the bill and later on the norm was changed. We were told to submit the soft bill as well as the hard copy of the bill. We were told that the Cash Deposit Receipt (CDR) would be released as and when the process is completed," said the party. The department after the re-tendering process allotted the tender to the party that had quoted the lowest rate but with a rider that the rates quoted by him are negotiable. However, the process has gone haywire since the successful bidder has said that he is not going to negotiate the rates quoted by him.
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