OUR STAFF REPORTER

SIALKOT

The Tehsil Municipal Administration of Daska came under fire by the social and political circles and local contractors over its decision of inviting tenders for 151 development schemes which might cost Rs140 million against its total Rs60 million development budget allocated for the fiscal year 2014-15.

The contractors said that the TMA had Rs60 million budget allocated in its ADP for the new development schemes to be carried out in the region during the fiscal year 2014-15, but it had invited tenders for 151 development schemes in the national dailies.

TMA got the tenders for such schemes advertised with mutual malpractice of the officials concerned, they alleged. They brought the decision into the notice of Commissioner Gujranwala Division Khawaja Shamail Ahmed. They alleged that the administration issued the tender notices beyond its financial capacity for extorting big amounts from the contractors in granting of contracts.

Taking serious notice of the decision, the Commissioner ordered the director local government to probe the matter. Later, the TMA cancelled all the tenders making an excuse of non-availability of the Tenders Opening Committee. The contractors said that it had cancelled these tenders in a bid to avert the high-level probe into the matter.

When contacted, the TMA officials said that it would soon re-advertise the tenders of development schemes by remaining within the allocated budget.

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