Even as the Uttarakhand government decided not to engage the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN) in construction works after income tax raids, the corporation launched a damage-control exercise to persuade the state to change its decision.
Income tax sleuths raided last month premises and residences of UPRNN general manager Shiv Ashrey Sharma, posted in Dehradun. Sharma reportedly amassed assets worth ₹600 crore, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
After the raids, the corporation replaced Sharma with BR Shah as the GM to look after its Uttarakhand affairs.
As a first step towards an image makeover, Shah said, “All future contracts of the corporation will be decided through e-tendering to maintain transparency.”
Corporation sources said more such changes would be brought in to salvage its image. “Apart from e-tendering, UPRNN is working on simplification of its work procedures; contractors and agencies can easily take part in bidding process to sublet construction projects,” said an official.
Admitting that the I-T raids hit the corporation’s image, Shah said he would project its work expertise to persuade the Uttarakhand government to review its decision.
“Awarding contracts through e-tenders will usher in an era of transparency, rein in unwanted spending and help in timely completion of works,” he told Hindustan times on Thursday.
“Embarrassment over I-T raids is temporary considering our success story in the field of constructions. IT raids were conducted against one official, but the institution is much bigger and has a good record of works.”
Shah said, “We are a corporation worth more than ₹500 crore annual turnover. Now our focus is to come out of the crisis.”