Yet another scam of the sorts appears to be in the making in Nagpur Municipal Corporation! As many as 4 security agencies on board NMC are being roped into services despite cancellation of their police registration. The new Civic Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Mayor Praveen Datke and Ruling Party leader Dayashankar Tiwari are inadvertently giving final shape to assign the task to the concerned security agencies.
Official sources informed that around 350 security men are required in the civic organization. Separate tenders were called to allot the assignments, responding to which 8 different agencies participated in the tender process. When the documents submitted by these agencies were scrutinized, the police licenses of 4 agencies were found to have been cancelled. Insiders also pointed out the anomaly in second round of the process, informing that the party which quoted the lowest rate to providing security guards was sidelined.
Employee’s the perpetrator
Meanwhile, sources said that a staff named Padwanshi employed in Fire Department has been at the helm of the scam to be. They informed that it was Padwanshi who overlooked the likes of the department head and concerned officials and devised his own formula of issuing the tender equally to all the participating agencies, instead of allotting it to the one quoting the lowest input price. It came out that Padwanshi has been operating on his whims and fancies for the past many years.
Padwanshi kept officials in dark
Despite knowing the fact that the police registration of four of the participating agencies were cancelled, Padwanshi deliberately got the four dubious agencies into the process, overlooking the rules. Sources said that he also kept his superiors in dark and got the final document signed from the senior officials who did not even bother to go through the document. Another employee Sawarkar’s role is also being questioned in the dubious deal. Both the employees are stuck to the general administration department and keenly involve in all the activities.
Final decision on Standing Committee : Mahesh Dhamecha
When Nagpur Today contacted Mahesh Dhamecha, Chief of General Administration Department in this regard, he confirmed that the licenses of 4-5 participating agencies ended last December. He however added that rules of renewal have been changed. Whereas, earlier the licenses were renewed at local level, it is being done by Home Ministry now. “All of them have applied for renewal. Tender Committee has decided to allot work orders to all of them as all have quoted almost similar minimum wages,” he said, adding that the renewal licenses have to be produced within three months of allotment of work order. Dhamecha said a proposal concerning the tender would also be put up before the Standing Committee who would be the deciding authority. “The work orders will be given only when Standing Committee approves it,” he said.