The system of single tender becomes a bone of contention
That the presumptuously boisterous Navjot Singh has been acting more like a roller coaster than an administrator was evident on Saturday during a meeting that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had called for an interaction with MLAs from districts like Ferozepur, Faridkot and Bathinda. As usual Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was holding a meeting of the regional MLAs coming from Ferozepur,Faridkot, etc. districts on Saturday to get a hang of their grievances when Cabinet minister Navjot Sidhu walked in and started questioning the need of holding such meetings. According to political sources, as Sidhu questioned the need for holding such meetings with MLAs, the Chief Minister took him upfront and asked him how come he missed earlier two meetings held for interaction with Ludhiana and Jalandhar regions. A large number of municipal works in these two regions have been stuck due to Sidhu’s stubborn stance of not clearing the procedure laid down by the preceding SAD government.
The Chief Minister reportedly told Sidhu that a common complaint of the MLAs was that the Local Bodies Department works have been put to a halt for the last almost two years ever since the Congress government came to power. Almost Rs 80 crore-worth projects have been hanging fire in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The half-completed projects have been a cause of agony for the respective Congress MLAs in the region. After a brief intense entanglement between the Chief Minister and Sidhu, the matter boiled down to the single tender system to which Sidhu had put up his stiff opposition. The single-tender system was inherited by the Congress government from the Akali Dal government which means that anybody offering a tender singularly would be allowed to complete the projects already under way. The minister said he would not allow single-tender system in his department, while the Chief Minister sought to resolve the matter so that the development works held up for almost two years, could go ahead. The Chief Minister and Sidhu were reportedly locked in a long tug of war over the matter till Capt Amarinder Singh decided to refer the contentious matter for an opinion.
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