Shivamogga, April 20: A HIgh Level Committee headed by a retired High Court Judge and comprising an Economic Expert and a Technical Expert of the concerned department has been constituted to scrutinise tenders above Rs50 cr, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Addressing a media conference in Shivamogga Bommai said, “the Committee has been constituted under the KTTP Act. The tenders would be awarded only after the Committee scrutinises the estimates, tender pre-conditions and other aspects. The Committee will start functioning within the next few days. If the number of tenders is too many, then a parallel committee would be constituted to ensure speedy processing of the tenders.”
No oral orders
Officials have been instructed not to award any works on oral orders in Urban Development and Rural Development departments. Action would be initiated against the concerned Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Section Officers. In rural areas PDO and EO would be held responsible. Clear orders have been passed in this regard, Bommai said.
Investigation is on in Santosh Patil Suicide case
Replying to a question about the percentage culture in the government and Santosh Patil suicide case, Bommai said, “it is very important to control this. But the Santosh Patil suicide case is different. Here bills have been claimed after executing works on oral orders. So a thorough investigation is on from RDPR to the Police department. The two issues cannot be equated.”
Responding to another question on irregularities in tenders of below Rs 50 cr at district level, the Chief Minister said, after watching the functioning of the High Level Committee, we will constitute committees at the district level too if necessary because the development works should not get bogged down.
The CM assured effective measures for addressing the power problems in rural areas. “We have surplus power. But the issue is distribution and transmission. So we have approved the setting up of 100 new sub stations. The problem is more acute in Northern Karnataka. Higher grants have been provided to stabilise transmission and distribution systems in the region,” Bommai said.
Reacting to a question about caste census report, Bommai said, the backward Classes Commission has been asked to submit its report. Suitable measures would be taken as it has long term implications.