Pimpri: Contractors associated with the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have complained against the chief accountant of the body for demanding three per cent of a bill amount for sanctioning it.
The complaint was posted on the Prime Minister’s portal, which forwarded it to Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, who has sought a clarification from the officer concerned.
However, the civic chief has taken a stand that if any officer is demanding a bribe from citizens, they should approach the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). According to officials in the PCMC, the complaint, lodged around a month ago, was forwarded to Hardikar by
After receiving the complaint, PCMC officials sought more details about the allegation. They said if there is any evidence, then the complainant must give it to the administration so that the issue can be taken forward.
PCMC chief accountant Rajesh Lande is in the eye of controversy for the past few months. After the BJP came to power, PCMC decided to hold back the bills received after March 31. These bills will be carried forward in the next financial year.
Earlier, such bills were cleared with back-dated entries. The BJP said that the decision to hold back the bills and carry them forward to the next financial year was taken for bringing discipline in the accounting process of the civic body. However, the opposition parties alleged that the ruling party has done this purposely so that the contractors are forced to plead to get their bills sanctioned.
As a result of this, a lot of bills have been put on hold. The contractors were alleging that they have to face heavy losses due to the delay in payment. In all, Rs 260 crore worth bills were held back by the accounts department. The opposition parties alleged that Lande is doing this purposely at the behest of the ruling party, on the pretext of transparency and financial discipline.
The PCMC officials said, “The civic body is currently working on the administrative procedure on the complaint. Appropriate feedback will be given to the PMO in this regard.”