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MCGM CONSENT FOR PURCHASING FOGGING MACHINES UNDER THE SCANNER

bmc-3MCGM’s tender for purchasing fogging machines has again raised fingers of corruption allegations with the terms and conditions of the tender likely to benefit the contractors. The MCGM contract of purchasing fogging machines from Germany has again come under the scanner. These machines are manufactured and sold at a price of Rs 25000 in India. But the MCGM Standing Committee, on the basis of majority votes, has accepted the proposal of buying the same machine from Germany for Rs 95000. As per this proposal, 175 machines are to be purchased and the cost would be around Rs 1 Crore and 65 lakhs. Despite the ruling party and NCP expressing disapproval over the conditions of the proposal, it was still accepted by MCGM by the support of Shiv Sena and BJP. Congress Corporator, Sameer Desai expressed his views on acceptance of the proposal. But Shubda Gudekar, Chairperson of Health Committee, strongly expressed her disapproval on this action. MCGM additional Commissioner Kishor Gajbhiye denied any kind of controversies about the tender and its conditions. NCP corporator Niyaz Ahmed Banu allegedly stated that MCGM always lays such conditions that have nothing to do with the tender and a private company is successful in acquiring the contract. While MCGM defends its stance, the million dollar question is that when fogging machines are available in India at low cost, why is it encouraging the use of imported machines at such a higher rate? With camerapeson Ravi Nikam, Rajeev Mishra for NMTV News.

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