Special Correspondent

"Open tender policy is best"

  • Select panchayats sanctioned Rs.20 lakh
  • "Open tender policy is the best option"

    CUDDALORE: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) urged the State Government to adopt a transparent policy in assigning works to the contractors under the Anna Marumalarchi Thittam.

    In a representation addressed to the Government and the district administration, the CPI (M) district secretary, S. Dhanasekaran, welcomed the scheme intended for improving the amenities in select panchayats.

    For undertaking developmental works, the Government had sanctioned a sum of Rs.20 lakh to each of these panchayats. There should not be any room for misappropriation of the funds, he said. This could be guaranteed only when open tenders were called for from the prospective contractors. On no account, the ruling party should assign the works to contractors of its choice.

    Mr. Dhanasekaran said that in Keerapalayam block, 35 panchayat presidents had handed over a memorandum to the District Collector urging him to allot the works through open tenders.

    He also said that in the Cuddalore panchayat union, the implementation of the scheme was facing hurdles, because the authorities had reportedly told the panchayat presidents that they were free to take up works of their choice to the tune of Rs.5 lakh and beyond provided they should not interfere in other works to be executed by the handpicked contractors.

    The CPI (M) observed that such a practice was not conducive for democratic and honest functioning of the local bodies.

    If the benefits were to reach the target groups fully, the open tender policy was the best option, and the works ought to be executed under the supervision of the panchayat presidents and the panchayat union councillors.