Two MCC Officials Suspended for Violating Tender Rules in Appointing A Security Agency to Guard its Various Offices
Mangaluru: Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner Akshy Sridhar has suspended an assistant engineer and a draftsman for violating tender rules regarding the appointment of a security agency to man its various offices. The Commissioner speaking to Team Mangalorean said, “MCC employees Assistant Engineer Rajesh Kumar and draftsman Pushparaj have been suspended for dereliction of duty. The suspension has happened at a time when contractors have alleged that work contract rules are often flouted and they often face bribe demands”. It should be noted that recently a contractor, who had alleged that former minister KS Eshwarappa demanded 40% commission as a bribe, was found dead.
The Commissioner further said, “We had invited tenders from manpower consultancies for the security of all our buildings in the city. A police verification certificate from the respective city police is a mandatory criterion for the agency that appoints security personnel to the city corporation. However, the agency that won the bid did not have a valid police verification certificate. Though the officials knew about this mandate, the officials hid the fact during the scrutiny process. Hence, I issued an order suspending the officials, and the tender has been cancelled”.
Meanwhile, the MCC council opposition leader in Congress AC Vinayaraj said the city corporation had floated the tenders for security guards for its Surathkal, Shivabagh and Mangaluru zones. Vinayaraj said “Initially, a Bengaluru-based agency was awarded the contract to supply manpower in two packages. The same agency also had applied for the third package. During the scrutiny of the third package, the city corporation found that the agency was technically not eligible to supply manpower to guard offices. The city corporation has suspended two officials, but the question still remains unanswered as to how senior officials passed the two tenders without going through the documents thoroughly. They are responsible for the mess”.