UP Lokayukta summons MD UPRNN over irregularities in tender process

UP Lokayukta summons MD UPRNN over irregularities in tender process

Justice NK Mehrotra who became the state’s fifth Lokayukta in 2006, was in the news when Mayawati sacked her homeopathy minister Rajesh Tripathi on his recommendations last year.  16Pubnov2011

Lucknow, Jul 24 -Lokayukta Justice (Retd)N K Mehrotra has summoned the Managing Director of Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), who was accused of making irregularities in the construction of new building of the Secretariat, sources said here today. They stated that a senior officer of the UPRNN turned up before Mehrotra and tried to deny any irregularities claiming that the work which is said to be done before opening of the tenders, is just a `Mock-up’ exercise by the company to display the quality of work which it would do if his tender will be accepted by the Nigam. However, the officer failed to clarify that if the `Mock-up’ exercise is still continue and the decision on which quality of Mirzapur sand stone the Department wanted to put in the new secretariat building has been yet to be finalised then how they had already get the tender pooled though they were yet to be open them. Sources in the Lokayukta office confirmed that to clear the move of pooling tender which pointed towards irregularities, now the MD of UPRNN has been summoned to clarify the issue. It may be mentioned that social activist Dr Nutan Thakur, filed a formal complaint before Justice Mehrotra earlier this month in which she claimed that MD of UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam, RK Goel, made irregularities in tender process of supply and fixing of Mirzapur Sandstone for New Secretariat building in Darulshafa compound in the state capital. The complaint said many conditions in the tender process have been violated and irregularities have been made in the process merely to give undue favour to Ms Lucknow Marble Industries and its owner Ashutosh Agrawal. As per the complaint, changes were made in the middle of the tender process and tender forms were accepted from some firms against the prescribed directions. Dr Thakur said the alleged firm has completed a substantial part of the assigned work even before the tender process having finalised, which established the improper connection between the Nirman Nigam and the given firm.

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