Buy of LED lights by civic our bodies underneath VB lens
Chandigarh, November 14
After a probe into the allotment of plots underneath regionally displaced individuals’ (LDP) scheme in Enhancements Trusts, buy of LED lights by civic our bodies underneath the Native Authorities Division has come underneath the scanner of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB).
Controversy surfaced throughout Congress regime
The controversy over LED lights bought from a agency at inflated charges surfaced throughout the earlier Congress authorities rule. Buy of practically 80,000 LED bulbs value crores by totally different civic our bodies is being screened by the VB.
In an in depth question despatched to the division, the VB has sought to know particulars of the tenders for sensible LED streetlights, taking part corporations for the tenders and settlement signed with shortlisted companies for set up of LED lights by totally different civic our bodies.
Particulars of allocation of labor for the set up of LED lights, licensed copies of clearance payments by the Accounts and Finance Department of the division and copies of tender approvals by the sub-committee shaped by the then Native Authorities minister have additionally been sought by the VB.
The division is but to answer to the VB queries. It’s being suspected that the LED lights had been bought at inflated charges and high quality of the lights was lower than the required mark.
The controversy over LED lights being bought from a agency at inflated charges had surfaced throughout the earlier Congress authorities. Sources mentioned buy of practically 80,000 LED bulbs value crores and their upkeep for a interval of 10 years by totally different civic our bodies was being screened. An Akali chief had additionally lodged a grievance on this regard in 2021.
The sources mentioned aside from the LED bulbs, different prices, together with that of switches, fittings and annual upkeep charges had been additionally being analysed.
The VB is already probing the alleged Good Metropolis LED challenge rip-off in Jalandhar.
Although the division has no coverage of centralised buy and the civic our bodies are unbiased entities, it’s being seen underneath which coverage the agreements had been signed with personal companies. The funds for the acquisition of the LED lights had been supplied by the municipal firms and municipals councils.