The tendering process in a World Bank project has come under the scanner.
The office of the secretary, water supply and sanitation, has ordered an inquiry after receiving a complaint against two senior officials for allegedly violating the World Bank rules and embezzling funds.
Crying foul over the tendering process, complainant Hardev Singh and firm R and J Infrastructure, Goniana, had written to the secretary that the bid by this firm, along with other bids received for the project, was rejected without even opening them, in violation of the World Bank rules that made it mandatory to open all bids.
The firm claimed to have submitted e-tenders on April 23 for providing sewerage system at Daula village at a cost of Rs 2.36 lakh and at Ghumiar Khera village at a cost of Rs 1.96 lakh.
"Following a planned move, the tender of only one bidder was opened and the work of Ghumiar Khera sewerage system was allotted in haste," said the complainant.
Accusing two officials of the water supply and sanitation department, the complainant alleged that they got awarded these works in haste -- within two working days --to a particular bidder at exorbitant rates.
"Senior officials of the department concealed these facts from the tender review committee," read the complaint.
The complainant also accused senior officials deployed at Faridkot to have allotted the work by manipulating the tender process in violation of the World Bank rules for the Ghumiar Khera project.
Secretary Suresh Kumar has asked Sita Ram Aggarwal, technical coordinator, to investigate the matter.