The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demands scrapping of tender for sanitization of BMC schools at inflated prices; terms it a recurrent pattern with budgetary proposals and tenders.
AAP on Thursday demanded the scrapping of the tender, floated by the BMC’s Central Purchase Department, for housekeeping and sanitization of schools.
The valuation of the tender amount is being pegged at Rs 303 crores, which given 450 BMC schools, works out to a whopping Rs 67 lakhs per school.
“This is a pattern. BMC Tenders are made with specific pre-conditions to favour certain companies, with inflated costs and the entire din gets passed without public scrutiny.
We have seen this in the Standing committee, with dozens of proposals being passed in a single meet at a humanly impossible pace, without any deliberation whatsoever. The BMC already has workers who undertake sanitization. Why this contract then?
On one hand, BMC fails to pay salaries to 268 Blind employees during the lockdown, and it takes no less than an HC directive to release funds and on the other hand, we have such exorbitant contract proposals.
This tender is unreasonable, needs to be scrapped. Also, a mechanism needs to be put in place, to ensure the same doesn’t recur. If this is the only such tender being reported, one can only imagine other such tenders, not being reported,” said AAP leader Preeti Sharma Menon.