NMMC’s rockstar corporator Divya Gaikwad came to the rescue again of the tax payers’ money again. In the last NMMC Standing Committee meeting, she took the NMMC Dy Municipal Commissioner Tushar Pawar head on for presenting a to get around 8,700 hi-tech GPS watches for its regular and contract staffers in order to check absenteeism. While welcoming the thought behind the proposal of making NMMC staffers and workers accountable in their working hours, NCP corporator Divya Gaikwad exposed the flaws of the proposal. Her questions exposed that either Dy Municipal Commissioner Tushar Pawar has not done enough study before bringing a proposal that will cost the NMMC Rs 11.51 crore or allegedly has ulterior motives in getting the proposal passed. Here are the questions she raised about the proposal.
⦁ WHY WAS ITI LIMITED CHOSEN ARBITRARILY WITHOUT CALLING TENDER ?
Divya Gaikwad questioned why was no tender process followed in this proposal.
⦁ ARE THERE NO OTHER GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY COMPANIES EXCEPT ITI ?
She questioned if there was no other government subsidy company except ITI.
⦁ WHY ARE WATCHES BEING RENTED ?
She questioned why NMMC is renting watches for 3 and half years instead of one year? She questioned whether NMMC administration has details of costing given by ITI Limited in Nagpur ?
He questions exposed NMMC DMC Tushar Pawar. He had no convincing reply or any information in regards to the contract in Nagpur and gave vague references.
However, where DMC Pawar failed, Divya Gaikwad had all answers. She informed the members that in Nagpur, the officer who brought the proposal tested the watches for one month before presenting the results and proposal to the Nagpur Standing Committee.
⦁ NAGPUR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION BOUGHT THE SAME WATCHES FOR LESS
She informed members that the Nagpur Municipal Corporation had bought the watches for Rs. 207 while NMMC is buying the same for Rs 315.
⦁ THE CENTER PAID FOR THE WATCHES IN NAGPUR
Divya Gaikwad informed members that in Nagpur, they used money received from Center under the Smart City program but NMMC will be buying the watches at a higher rate from the tax payers money.
⦁ WHY DID NMMC NOT ADVERTISE AND CALL TENDER FOR INVITING PRIVATE SUPPLIERS?
She tore the administration apart and said that even if NMMC went by Nagpur rates, then NMMC would have saved public money approx Rs. 4 Crores. She questioned why NMMC did not advertise in an Economic Times and get private players who would have given better rates.
She reminded DMC Pawar that he was spending public money.
DMC Pawar batted continuously for the contractor.
Divya Gaikwad’s proposal exposed the NMMC administration completely and the administration was forced to take the proposal back for revision.
After Corporator Divya Gaikwad’s expose on GPS watches, now questions are being raised on the GPS chips installed on all compactor vehicle used for garbage collection, GPS automation light Street poles and GPS biometric system. If NMMC administration has repeated its follies like it did in the GPS watches proposal, there are chances Crores of public taxes are already drained and continue to be drained in the name of technology and GPS. Bureau report – NMTV News.