E-tendering should not be applicable under Rs 5 lakhs: MLA

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MLA Jammu East Rajesh Gupta while speaking on the grants in the house on PHE said that there should be no power cuts and the power supply should be for 24 hours at the dedicated feeders so that water supply to the concerned areas is not disturbed. There should also be spare motors at the PHE stations so that when one is
damaged another can be made functional.
Rajesh Gupta while speaking in the assembly said that the department lacks work culture.
There is leakage of water at different places and it needs to be stopped.
Rajesh Gupta while speaking on the grants said that we can save at least 40% water by plugging leakage and added that even unhygienic water is also supplied at different places and it is the duty of turn cockers to inform about the leakage of pipes to the concerned JE and in turn he should inform about the same to the concerned XEN.
MLA said that PHE, PDD and Urban Development Department (UDD) are providing essential services and as such they must have a provision that e-tendering should not be applicable on works costing under 5 lakhs because the developmental works suffer as a result of that.
PHE department is having the largest number of daily wagers and a policy should be made for
their regularisation.
Rajesh Gupta while speaking on the grants said that the Tawi Filtration Plant at Dhontly is 120 years old and needs to
be upgraded.
The demand not to have e-tendering below 5 lakhs is supported by the entire house especially MLA Jammu West, Sat Sharma, MLA Kathua, Rajeev Jasrotia, MLA Bhaderwah, Daleep Singh Parihar, MLA Ram Nagar,
R S Pathania, MLA Bani, Jeevan Lal, MLA Ramban, Neelam Langeh, MLA Nowshera, Ravinder Raina, MLA Akhnoor, Rajeev Sharma and MLA Samba, D K Manyal.
On this point, Deputy Speaker Gurezi agreed that e-tendering should be above Rs 5 lakhs as there are many remote areas in our state where there is no connectivity and as such e-tendering may not be possible.

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