Despite audit objection, the vendor appointed by Chandigarh administration for affixing High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) has yet not cleared the penalty amounting to `60,000, pending on account of delay in commencement of its operation in Chandigarh.
In September last year, the office of director general of audit (central), Chandigarh, checked the records of the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) and noticed that the vendor, M/s Real Mazon India Ltd, started its operation on February 28, 2013, three days late from its original deadline.
As per the contract, the actual affixation of the vendor was to be commenced by February 25, 2013, exactly two months after signing of the contract, which was done on December 26, 2012. Since the vendor began affixing HSRPs on February 28, the accountant general asked the RLA to impose a penalty, which as per the contract, was `5,000 per day per affixing centre.
With four affixing centres, including one at the state transport authority, and three at RLA offices, the penalty amount against the vendor was calculated at `60,000 for three days. According to the RLA records, a notice was sent to the vendor who was asked to clear the objections raised by the audit. Despite orders, the vendor has not cleared the penalty amount.
RK Garg, an RTI activist, said several violations on the part of the vendor had proved that it had failed to fully comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and the officials, too, did not ensure proper supervision.
"Since affixing of HSRP is a long process, administration must ensure proper implementation of the contract and bring much required relief to the residents from long queues," he said, adding that increasing infrastructure should be the immediate priority of the administration.
Company's National Head Summoned:
RLA incharge Kashish Mittal informed HT that the national head of M/s Real Mazon India Ltd., Rajeev Maheswari, had been called for a meeting on March 1 since the local officials of the company have failed to address ongoing issues relating to HSRP-affixation. "All issues regarding opening new centres and e-HSRP facility would be discussed in detail," he said.