Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav saree dream is moving no further.
The technical committee, headed by Gurdeep Singh, who has been given temporary charge of director, Industries, rejected all the technical bids submitted by the selected companies on Saturday. The sample sarees were found either sub-standard or the companies had put forth unacceptable conditions.
Singh took over as the director after Devendra Chaudhary proceeded on sick leave. Though 45 forms were sold, only six companies had submitted the tender forms, being termed as one of the toughest documents ever prepared for any purpose. Papers of two were rejected at the time of submission itself on technical grounds.
Of the four companies, two—Rajhansh Silk and Rajhansh Polycot—belonged to Surat while Govardhan and Rajat Industries were Kanpur and Mumbai-based.
The Technical Committee, however, found the sample sarees supplied by all the four companies to be of poor quality and below the standards defined in the tender document.
Apart from this, it was detected that Rajat Industries was basically a drug-manufacturing unit with no experience in textile. Govardhan Company asked for 35 per cent advance payment of the total cost of the sarees, which was not acceptable to the Government. The tender documents of the two Surat-based companies were found incomplete.
Now new tender documents with certain relaxation are being prepared, all in a hurry as the whole process has to be started right from advertisement in newspapers inviting tenders.
Moreover, even the Herculean task of preparing the list of 1.25 crore women eligible to get two sarees each has not yet been completed.
It may be recalled, the state Government plans to distribute 2.50 crore sarees worth Rs 250 crore to 1.25 crore poor women. It has developed a multi-tier system to check each saree right from manufacturing/dispatch point and at district-level for strict quality control.
The formidable job of opening the saree packets and unfolding 2.50 crore sarees for quality check is to be done by the Government staff, including almost all the aganbari workers.
One saree each from a lot of 10,000 sarees is to be taken out for ‘exhaustive testing’ on 18 specific parameters, including colourfastness, thread strength etc. The cost of this ‘exhaustive testing’ was Rs 1400 per saree (from a lot of 10,000) for a saree worth Rs 90!