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NHM in J&K gave tender to an “outsider” company violating rules

Last Updated on March 19, 2021 at 4:18 pm

National Health Mission (NHM) has given tender of crores to a firm which is located outside Jammu and Kashmir and is not legally eligible for a contract. This is in total violation of norms and is allegedly a case of nepotism.

Sources said that National Health Mission Jammu and Kashmir had given tenders for different categories including Data Entry Operators/Office Assistants and Support Staff for working in various institutions of Health & Medical Education Department of J&K.

As per a report in The Typewriter the tendering committee approved technical bid of a firm, which was not registered with the Health and Medical Education Department of J&K even though it has a primary clause in the Terms and Conditions of the tender document. The tendering committee gave tenders to Tiranga Security and Manpower Solutions.

Sources alleged that this tender should have been rejected on many grounds in the first phase itself. It is a  crystal clear case of corruption and nepotism. Sources questioned that the grounds on which this proposal was approved by NHM and reasons why the Home Department of Jammu and Kashmir decided to ignore this case.

Private Security Agencies Regulation Act, 2005 (PSARA) regulates the operation of private security agencies. Rules state that the firm should have been registered with the State where it will work. In this case, a firm registered in Chandigarh will be providing security guards in Jammu and Kashmir which is in violation of PSARA and terms and conditions of the tender document.

Moreover, this company has transgressed another condition of the tender document by giving a declaration on Rs 50 Non-Judicial Stamp Paper, while rules stated that it must be a scanned copy of an affidavit on Non-Judicial Stamp Paper of Rs 100 duly attested by 1st Class Magistrate.

Sources stated that this company has submitted declaration on an affidavit on Non-Judicial Stamp Paper attested by Executive Magistrate 1st Class (Tehsildar). The company declared that it employs 804 employees and has also deducted EPF for all the manpower services provided by it in the past three financial years and deposited it with all other statutory dues and there is no outstanding amount against it. Surprisingly, the FORM C of M/S Trinaga Security and Manpower Solutions on 29 July 2018 shows that only one employee works for the company.