NewZNew (Chandigarh) : In a written communiqué to the Punjab government the government of India has given its nod to include other interested and eligible persons from across the country in the bidding process under the laid down norms in disposing of the damaged wheat in the state.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the government said that the government and its procurement agencies have damaged wheat to the tune of 6 Lac MT. As per the earlier guidelines of the central government only those parties registered with FCI were eligible for participation in the tendering process. There were about 30 – 40 parties available in India registered with FCI for purchase of damaged wheat.
Adding further he said that these parties connived with each other and pool the tender and offered very less rates to the procurement agencies, consequently state government agencies suffered huge financial losses. He also said that majority of these bidders had limited purchasing capacity as a result they lifted only some part of the damaged wheat. The disposal of damaged wheat because of these limited numbers of bidders’ was very slow and the procurement agencies were also compelled to bear the warehousing expenses for the damaged wheat.
After getting an approval of the government of India, the state government has decided to register such perspective bidders with the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab who were eligible for purchase of damaged wheat from Punjab. The details of the terms and conditions for registration with Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Punjab could be taken from the office of MD, PUNGRAIN, Chandigarh on any working day till 11th January, 2015. Each application must be accompanied with all the necessary documents along with registration fee of Rs. 5000 in the form of bank draft in favour of MD, PUNGRAIN payable at Chandigarh, he added.