Two MCC officials suspended for violating bidding rules by appointing security agency to monitor 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 run his various offices. The commissioner speaking to the Mangalorean team said: “MCC employees, Assistant Engineer Rajesh Kumar and Cartoonist Pushparaj have been suspended for dereliction of duty. The suspension came at a time when contractors alleged that the rules of employment contracts are often flouted and that they often face demands for bribes”. It should be noted that recently an entrepreneur, who alleged that former Minister KS Eshwarappa demanded a 40% commission as a bribe, was found dead.
The commissioner added: “We had put out a call for tenders to manpower consultancy companies for the security of all our buildings in the city. A police check certificate from the respective municipal police is a mandatory requirement for the agency that appoints security personnel to the municipal corporation. However, the agency that won the tender did not have a valid police check certificate. Although officials were aware of this mandate, they concealed the fact during the review process. Therefore, I issued a suspension order for officials and the tender was cancelled”.
Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition MCC council in Congress, AC Vinayaraj, said the municipal corporation had launched the tenders for security guards for its Surathkal, Shivabagh and Mangaluru areas. Vinayaraj said, “Initially, a Bengaluru-based agency was awarded the labor supply contract in two batches. The same agency had also requested the third package. While reviewing the third package, the municipality found that the agency was technically ineligible to provide labor for guard offices. The city corporation suspended two officials, but the question still remains unanswered as to how the senior officials passed the two tenders without reviewing the documents thoroughly. They are responsible for the mess”.