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MC chief engineer clips public health XENs’ powers

In a move that is likely to hit the pace of maintenance works, newly-appointed chief engineer of the municipal corporation, Mukesh Anand has curtailed the powers of executive engineers of public health in floating tenders regarding maintenance works.
By Hillary Victor | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2014 11:47 AM IST

In a move that is likely to hit the pace of maintenance works, newly-appointed chief engineer of the municipal corporation, Mukesh Anand has curtailed the powers of executive engineers of public health in floating tenders regarding maintenance works.


Instead of the executive engineer (XENs) being authorised to float tenders, now not even a single penny could be spent without the approval of a sixmember committee formed by the chief engineer.

The six-member committee was constituted after a contractor lodged a complaint with the chief engineer, alleging that the XENs while floating the tenders were alloting work only to their favourite contractors.

In his orders issued, Anand has stated that, committee will check the machinery before its repair and then only Xens will invite tenders.

The committee includes executive engineer of electrical department, executive engineer, works and establishment, Junior Engineer (Mechanical), executive engineers concerned and the sub-divisional engineers.

Earlier, executive engineers were allowed to invite tenders up to ` 2.5 lakh for the maintenance works under the powers given to them under rules.

Surprisingly, the chief engineer has curtailed powers of Xens of only public health department, whereas the Xens of other departments have been left out as they also carry out maintenance work, which also includes purchase of material from open market.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, a XEN with the public health department said, “It seems the chief engineer does not faith in their subordinates and is acting on the complaints of a contractor, which shows his inexperience. If the attitude of chief engineer remains the same, common man will suffer as tenders will delayed for want of repair of machinery.

There are four Xens, who carry out maintenance work like re pair of machinery of tube wells, water works, water boosting stations.

SAD-BJP councillor Malkiat Singh question that, whether the chief engineer is confident about the transparency regarding the repairs works of road.

THE ORDER

Instead of the executive engineer (XENs) being authorised to float tenders, now not even a single penny could be spent without the approval of a sixmember committee.

The chief engineer has curtailed powers of Xens of only public health department.

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