In Maha, 22% of dam cost paid as bribe: Contractor
MUMBAI: For the first time, an irrigation contractor has revealed how bribes are paid to bag dam contracts. From the lowly clerk to the politician, a percentage of the project cost has to be offered as kickbacks in order to procure the work order. According to him, the total cut amounts to over 22% of the tender cost.
孟买： 头一回，有位水利承包商透露如何支付贿赂来获取大坝合同。为拿到工作定单, 必须向低级职员直到政客，奉上工程价值一定百分比作为回扣。据他称，累计卡扣超过竞标价的22％。
The Pune-based contractor, whose identity is being withheld by this newspaper on his request, wrote a strong letter to the state government and governor recently, highlighting the modus operandi in the scam-tainted department. Last week, the state government gave its nod to the Anti-Corruption Bureau to start an open inquiry against former water resources minister Ajit Pawar and his successor Sunil Tatkare for their alleged role in the multi-crore irrigation scam.
在这位驻设在普那的承包商要求下，本报不公开其身份。他最近给州政府和总督写了一封强硬的信件，着重指出了这个被欺诈沾污部委的一贯做法。上周，州政府点头同意反腐局对前水利资源部长Ajit Pawar及其后任Sunil Tatkare，就他们在这项以千万卢比计算的水利欺诈中被指称的作用，开展公开调查。
The letter by the contractor alleged that bribes are paid to the tender clerk, the accountant and staff of the respective divisions, the executive engineer, superintending engineer and his staff, chief engineer, executive engineer, executive director, secretary, chairman of the corporation and local MLA.
"All of them are entertained by the bidders, who give them cash fixed by the department unofficially," said the letter. These amounts are paid just to procure the work order. But more money is demanded after the work is awarded. Officials who clear bills of contractors, too want their cut. "Approximate 10% of the billed amount in cash must be paid to the executive officers. Besides, there is what is called an adjustment amount, shared equally between contractors and officers," it said. "This is a routine established procedure. No one feels they are doing anything odd," said the contractor.
“他们全部被竞标者们款待过。竞标者们给他们现金，额度是这个部私下规定的，” 这信中说。支付这些钱只是为了拉来工作定单。但给了工作定单后，被索取的钱还要多。清付承包商帐单的职员也要自己的一块。“大约帐单金额的10％，必须付给执行官员。另外，还有所谓的调整款项，由承包商和官员平分，” 信中说道。“这是日常成规的做法。没谁觉得在干任何不正常的事情，” 这位承包商说。
The letter said any bidders who tried to challenge this procedure are "dealt strongly" by department officers. Either the contractor is forced to fall in line or leave the scene. "No bidder dares to challenge this system. Everyone wants to go with the flow and make sure they get a piece of the cake," it said.
The letter further said tender notices are not published in the "desired newspapers" (they are published in papers not widely read) as per the government resolution. "At the same time discrepancies are kept in these notices. No details are mentioned for payment of fees, addresses and contact numbers," it said.
A senior department official told TOI: "Projects were awarded at hugely inflated costs. A work costing, say, Rs 100, was pegged at Rs 500 when tenders were floated. Secondly, the politically-connected contractors carried out sub-standard work as exposed by the Mendigiri committee report. Thirdly, these contractors did much less work, but charged double the amount from the department."
He added, "Professional contractors were virtually driven out after ministers started influencing awarding of contracts. Politicians became partners of small-time contractors, who in turn entered politics."
Over the past few months, the state government has tried to revamp the scam-tainted department by posting bureaucrats with a "clean track record". In October, the department scrapped the pre-qualification tender process where the corruption used to start. The pre-qualification guidelines were so manipulated that only a chosen few contractors could make the grade to bid for the multi-crore contracts.
Jay K•24225• • shahid•Canada•
Voters are the losers. After all, it is the voters who keep electing unfit / corrupt candidates, without kicking the tires ..
Sushil Gupta•57971• •india•
This is everywhere in all type of contracts this is nothing new .This is almost impossible to stop this .
Girish•1713• • Jay K•in my head•
Voting changes nothing. We don't need democracy. Voting is a fake reality in which a common man is embroiled in it.
P Kumar•1428• • Jay K•
"Wonder how this low life character got elected?" by the ignoramus masses who vote along caste and religious lines. I have this recurring thought that democracy was a wrong choice for newly independent India as it imposed a model of governance which requires people making wise choices. however Indians had no time to wisen up after liberation to make choices that could liberate them from the divisiveness engendered by the firangs and the hangover of their own medieval socio-political structures. A benevolent dictatorship or communism was required and we could have equalled China by now.
“奇怪这品格低下的家伙是怎么” 被按种姓、宗教投票”的无知大众“选上来的？” 。这种想法在我脑中反复出现：对当时新独立的印度，民主是个错误的选择，因为它的治理模式需要人民做出明智的选择。然而解放后的印度没时间聪明起来，去做出可能把自己从白人引起的分裂状态、以及自己中世纪社会政治结构中解救出来的选择。那时需要个仁慈的独裁政体或gcd，那样到现在我们也许已经与中国拉平了。
What is new about it except that it came from the mouth of the man who paid it.
It is the simple truth known to everybody. By any rare chance if any officer is willing to do the job without expecting anything in return , no body is prepared to believe it.