Three days after municipal corporation’s (MC) joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta submitted a vague fact-finding report pertaining to the controversial nine-day study tour, mayor HC Kalyan on Monday lodged a complaint with UT adviser Vijay Dev, asking him to take action against Rajiv and fix responsibility of other officials for preparing the biased report.
The four-page fact-finding report on the controversial study tour of 20 councillors and six officials to Port Blair, Kolkata and Chennai in September was a mere eyewash and does not blame anyone.
Gupta, who was involved in finalising the travel agency and also part of the tour, prepared the report and submitted it to MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh on December 26. Though no procedure was followed to finalise the study tour on which Rs 28 lakh were spent, the report saved everybody who was part of it.
In his complaint, Kalyan stated, “The report states that the tour was finalised with the consent of the mayor and the councillors, but as they do not have any financial powers, they cannot give financial approval to allot the contract of the study tour to any company.”
It vests only with the competent authority, which is the MC commissioner, and nominated officers, namely joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta, executive engineer Sham Lal, chief auditor RS Kang and law officer Ashok Gautam to accompany the said tour and it was the sole responsibility of the officers to call quotations or tender for the arrangement of the study tour, which they never did.”
The arrangement of the study tour and selection process were dealt by Gupta as other officers did not attend the meeting and no minutes were recorded. He did not even inform the mayor or showed the file of study tour approval, showing the doubtful integrity of the officials concerned, read the mayor’s complaint.
The complaint also mentions that Gupta is trying to hide the facts and making only the councillors and mayor responsible for the selection of travel agency.
The mayor said it was neither mentioned in the report that it was in the knowledge of the officials that the contract given to the said travel agency neither has any connection with BJP councillor Arun Sood, nor it was informed that any undue benefit was given to the said agency.
The report just mentioned that the sequence of events and how the tour was finalised. It said it was with the consent of the councillors who vied for travel agencies and finally, the agency, which was proposed by Sood and had offered the lowest rates, was awarded the contract.
Gupta refused to comment on the issue.