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NCSU reaffirms support to PIL against alleged “injustice practice” of NPWD (R&B) PMGSY Branch

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 22: The Nagaland Contractors’ and Suppliers’ Union (NCSU) head office, Kohima, has reaffirmed support to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) the Union had filed against what it alleged was the “injustice practice” of the NPWD (R&B) PMGSY Branch till justice is delivered.
This was reaffirmed in a general meeting held on November 21, informed a press release issued by NCSY president Pele Khezhie and general secretary John Kath.
NCSU informed that Union official led by its president had earlier met Minister, NPWD (R&B) to consider using new technology 15% and plea to allot work 40 project/40 firms, but no action was taken. The Union had also written representation to the Chief Minister demanding for one project-one firm on PMGSY-III but no response was made.
“Thereafter the Union wrote to Chief Secretary seeking for appointment but no appointment was given to the Union”, it said.
Meanwhile the Union informed that the Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) floated tender on September 6, 2023 with 100% new technology and 40 projects – into 16 packages. The Union immediately wrote to the Chief Engineer (R&B) to keep abeyance NIT PMGSY-III but no action has been taken, it said.
NCSU informed that on September 12, the CE called for pre-bidding meeting at NPWD conference hall, and when NCSU representative asked how 40 projects – cluster into 16 packages only, the PMGSY officials replied that it was done by High Powered Committee, it said. “But it was actually done by the State level standing committee”, the Union claimed.
The release informed that on September 19, 2023, the CE (R&B) called a joint meeting, during which Union officials reiterated its demand for 40 projects 40 firms and 15% new technology. However, the CE replied that the committee has decided to go for 100% new technology with 40 projects into 16 packages only, it said.
“Hence the Union has no other option but to walk out of the meeting for the best interest of the Nagas in general and local contractors in particular”, it said.
The release also informed that the NCSU has resolved to take disciplinary action against Union members who participated in the tender process. The house passed a resolution to take immediate disciplinary action against the erring members with explanation call within 8 days, it informed.
(Page News Service)