KATHUA, Dec 26: Sarpanchs held protest here today against the purchasing of tiles and cement by the Rural Development Department (RDD) on exorbitant rates.
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A large numbers of Sarpanchs drawn from Kathua, Hiranagar, Barnoti, Nagri, Marheen, Dinga Amb and Lakhanpur blocks assemble assembled in DC Office complex and held protest. They raised slogans against the bungling in purchasing of tiles and cement.
Sarpanch Bhag Mal while speaking said that the RDD is purchasing the tiles and cement on exorbitant rates. He said that the actual rate of a single tile is Rs 8 and supply order of tiles has been given on Rs 19.80 by RDD through SICOP to their choicest supplier.
“If Sarpanchs have given the powers to spend the funds, than why RDD is purchasing tiles”, he said and demanded CBI inquiry into the purchase of tiles and cement by RDD.
Another Sarpanch Vicky Sharma said that RDD and SICOP are playing foul play with Panchyats on the name of development. “There is lot of difference in cement price. RDD is purchasing cement higher than the rates in the market”, he said, adding that in purchase of a tile there is difference of Rs 11.80.
He informed that RDD is forcing the Sarpanchs to issue the tiles purchase order. There is a big scam going on in purchase of tiles and cement, which needs to be enquired, he added.
Sharma appealed to the LG J&K GC Murmu to conduct CBI enquiry in this high level bungling and take action against the corrupt persons.
Among others present were Suresh Kumar, Kuldeep Singh, Darshan Singh, Balkar Singh, Mohan Singh, Kartar Chand and Satinder Singh.