Andhra govt implicated of flouting tender regulations in chikki purchase
Speaking to TNM, he claimed the rates were blown up as contrasted to last year which the qualification standards was modified by thegovernment “The tender notification of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 can be compared to understand the modifications. Certifications that were compulsory in the notification last year, have been omitted this year. Changes have also been made regarding the requisites for companies to be eligible in the tendering process. The specifications regarding the turnover of the company have also been altered. The overall estimated cost has also increased by around Rs 60 lakh,” declaredPattabhi Ram A total amount of 6 firms were granted the agreement for providing chikki under the system. ‘False baseless allegations being levelled against government’ .
The tender notice launched by the Jagan government in 2021-2022 accessed by TNM reveals that the need for yearly turn over of the prospective buyer had actually altered. While the earlier need was for the prospective buyer to have a yearly turn over greater than the tender worth (for the certain area) over the previous 3 years, the modified standards altered this to having the yearly turn over greater than the tender worth just in any kind of one year in the previous 3 years.
The accreditations called for was additionally relieved with the prospective buyer no more called for to have Hazard Analysis as well as Critical Control Point (HACCP) as well as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditations. Thirdly, the brand-new notice included that any kind of experience of providing peanut jaggery chikki to also personal firms would certainly be thought about as appropriate experience. The sentence, “in any reputed private company” was included in the standards. Pattabhi Ram pointed out the instance of Sree Maruthi Agros, among the firms that landed the order. “The GST registration of Sree Maruthi Agros was only done on September 30, 2020. It is a new company. It clearly indicates that the alterations in the notification were made to favour such companies. While the companies may not be owned directly by YSRCP leaders, it raises questions about kickbacks received in return for these orders,” declaredPattabhi Ram
Dismissing claims of corruption, Education minister Adimulapu Suresh claimed the claims were ungrounded as well as was an outcome of the heartburn the TDP was experiencing because of the success of the mid-day dish system. “Jaganna Gorumudda is one of the important schemes among the many welfare schemes of the Jagan Mohan Reddy government. The idea was to provide healthy food in a clean and hygienic way to the children in schools. In 2020, the scheme was implemented and it helped improve the gross enrolment ratio of students in schools. Today, students and parents are very happy and satisfied with this scheme. This popular scheme doesn’t seem to have gone down well with the opposition TDP party. Their claim is that a scam has taken place in the tendering process of chikki in Andhra. This is an attempt to poison the minds of the young kids in schools,” he responded to.
The Education minister additionally highlighted exactly how the variety of pupils being enlisted right into colleges had actually enhanced greatly. Responding to the accusation that there were abnormalities in the tendering procedure, Suresh clarified, “The mid-day meals directorate is headed by a senior IFS officer in the capacity of an MD and there are several directors under him. The main difference between the previous government and the present government’s tendering process is that the tendering process happens now by reverse tendering. After the technical process is completed, a computerised process of reverse tendering is used to select the successful bidder from the eligible bidders. Reverse tendering process has been implemented ever since Jagan Mohan Reddy came to power. The aim is to spend public money very carefully and responsibly. Be it eggs or chikki, the same process is followed.” He additionally refuted any kind of variance in the turn over or leisure certifications. ‘Process of scrutiny was outsourced to third party’
Responding to claims of abnormalities in the agreements, he claimed that the whole procedure of examination was turned over to a third-party expert business. “We had laid down some conditions to ensure the manufacturing units are mechanised and so that we ensure they aren’t traders or suppliers and are manufacturers. We had handed this process of scrutiny over to Tata Projects Limited, a third-party consultant, so there is fairness in the process,” exposed the Education minister. But Pattabhi Ram examined why the record sent by the expert business had actually not been revealed. “If they have nothing to hide then why isn’t the report being made public?” he examined.
A total amount of 62 firms had actually bid for the order as well as those that succeeded backwards tendering were offered the agreements. The record sent by the third-party expert invalidated 2 firms, Kendriya Bhandar as well as National Cooperative Federation (NCCF) that provided chikki to various other states in thecountry Responding to this, the education and learning minister claimed, “They may be supplying in several other places but they did not meet the standards that we had laid down and hence did not make it to the eligible bidders.” Clarification concerning boost in prices this year
Hinting at corruption, TDP’s Pattabhi Ram had actually asserted that there is a boost of about Rs 60 crore in the expenditure sustained for obtaining chikki when contrasted to lastyear However, the Education minister claimed this number was inaccurate as well as clarified the factor for the greater expenditure thisyear “There has been a hue and cry about the increase in the expense incurred this year. There is an increase of around Rs 60 crore is the claim, the truth is that it has increased by only around Rs 30 crore.”
According to the minister, Rs 150 crore was the last worth set in 2020, which enhanced to Rs 183 crore this year since the trainee registration enhanced from 36 lakh to 42 lakh. “The packaging is another reason why the rates have increased. Earlier one kg chikkis would be manually broken and distributed. We thought it is safe to have it individually packed and distributed,” made clearSuresh
The ‘Chikki scam’, as it is currently being described by the resistance, restores memories of claims of a comparable circumstances inMaharashtra In both these situations, claims were levelled by the resistance celebrations concerning the purchase of chikki. In 2015, Maharashtra Congress speaker Sachin Sawant had actually submitted a problem with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), affirming Pankaja Munde’s Woman as well as Child Development (WCD) Department had actually flouted regulations as well as favoured specific firms while granting agreements worth Rs 206 crore. However, the ACB later on offered the minister a tidy tab in the fraud after it discovered no abnormalities in the acquisition. Mid- day dish system as well as the numbers.
As component of the Jaganna Gorumudda system, the mid-day dish food selection was modified as well as settled with expert as well as clinical examination. It was made a decision to offer 15 selections of food products weekly with even more dietary worth than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). As component of the food selection, chikkis as well as eggs are given to the pupils 3 times a week. While Rs 1,546 crore was invested for this system in 2020, Rs 1,797 crore was invested in 2021 as well as Rs 1,908 crore has actually been alloted for the system thisyear An ordinary price of Rs 16.07 is invested in each main institution trainee daily while Rs 18.75 is invested in each top main trainee as well as Rs 23.40 is invested in each senior high school trainee daily. The government additionally had a four-tier tracking system in position to make certain highest food is given routinely to the pupils. A total amount of 17 centralised kitchen areas throughout 10 areas are associated with cooking food for 3,321 establishments. On a day-to-day basis, 42,8099 pupils are offered food from the centralised kitchen areas. READ: Veteran TDP leader Yadlapati Venkata Rao dies at 102.