Allegations levied of fraud of hundreds of crores in the grain markets of Punjab, demand for investigation from the independent agency – Contractors

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Chandigarh

17 August 2021

DIVYA AZAD


In the Chandigarh Press Club, the representatives of the contractors of the grain markets of the state informed that in PunjabThe unloading contract in Asia’s largest Khanna Anaj Mandi and all other grain markets is once again in dispute. The tender is being suspended despite the orders of the higher officials of the department to re-tender, amid fears of loss of hundreds of crores of rupees to the government. possibly  a scam of hundreds of crores of rupees in it.

When many contractors appealed against it in the department, the Director of Food and Supplies Department issued orders for re-tendering. But due to the bad policies of the Punjab government and the connivance of high officials and ministers, by forming large clusters and by imposing strict clauses on the old contractors, only the Big and sound  contracts have been given extension again, although for several decades, small clusters participated in the tender process from the beginning. The existing contractors are ready to fill the tender at a much lower rate than the current tender, due to which the government going through financial crisis will save huge money, but by rejecting the bid due to technical reasons, the government officials with the connivance of the officials and  ministers, to benefit only 3-4 big contractors. Extension has been given to the old tenders. After the condition of appeal to the food authorities by the contractors, it was not even possible for the contractors to reach the court for justice. 

What are the demands of contractors


Investigation of extension of old tenders by canceling tender process from independent agency
The process for the new tender continues before 2017
Eliminate the condition of turnover of 50 lakhs to 4 crores
Clusters of contractors become smaller than ever
The condition of Aadhar card of  Labor and RC of trucks  should be removed
In the tender process, right  to appeal in high  court  only after appeal to the food director and food secretary  should be removed
The condition of 5 to 10 percent should be restored on the schedule rate.
The contractors said  that to benefit the big contractors, the high officials have duped the government of hundreds of crores of rupees and this continues unabated, which needs to be curbed, if our demands are not accepted, then we will l be forced to  gherao Captain Amarinder’s house in the royal city. 


Contractors present in today’s press conference were Jeet Ram Nawanshahr, Kewal Ludhiana, Balveer Chand Ludhiana, Meher Chand Ludhiana, Satnam Sanam, Premchand Khanori, Mularam Barnala, Angrej Singh Barnala, Sultan Lahargaga, Sachin Thekedar Patiala, Surinder Kumar Fatehgarh , Vijay Mashibara, Ajay Pal Banga.

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