THE PROPOSED distribution of sarees to women enlisted under the below poverty line category is unlikely to begin by the end of this month.
The major causes for the delay is excess formalities, which will be completed before the formal purchasing of sarees. Besides, the purchasing committee is giving much attention on the quality of sarees.
The proposal for saree distribution hogged the limelight in the month of September 2006 and now the stock of the sarees was not likely to reach with the government agencies by the end of November 2006.
Talking to Hindustan Times, member of the purchasing committee and director of the UP Handloom Corporation, Chandrika Parasd Tiwari informed that all four tender, which came for the supply of the sarees, were turned down due to incomplete information provided by them about their income tax return and turnover on October 30. He further said that one tender was from Kanpur, two from Surat (Gujarat) and one from Mumbai (Maharshatra).
Now, again tender for the supply of 2.5 core sarees has been invited by the director of women welfare department and the tenders will be opened on November 17, 2006 and the final decision about the supplier was likely to be taken by November 20, 2006.
Though, the quality was being given more emphasis, but as per information the women welfare department has given clear instruction that the cost of the sarees should not exceed more than Rs 90 each.
Tiwari said that about four suppliers; samples were cancelled due to poor quality. He further said that quality of saree was being checked before the supply and it would be checked once again when the approved supplier would supply the stock of the sarees at district level.
In each district, two employees have been appointed for the quality check and they have been given proper training for it Tiwari said.
Even, trained people has been sent to major cities having the textile laborites, so the sarees being sent for the quality check there should have go through proper checks.