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BMC e-tendering scam: For 63 guilty engineers, BMC seeks one-time, permanent salary or pension cuts

The role of 83 engineers was probed based on allegations of favouring certain contractors in the e-tendering system. After a detailed inquiry, the BMC had indicted 63 engineers for their role in the scam in 2019. Twenty were found not guilty.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: September 16, 2021 12:59:46 am
According to a proposal from BMC, 50 engineers will face one-time cut of a certain amount from their one month’s salary or pension if they are retired. Similarly, 13 engineers will face permanent cut of a certain amount from salary or pension. (File)

The BMC on Wednesday proposed that 63 engineers found guilty in the e-tendering scam of 2014 will either face one-time or permanent salary or pension cuts.

The role of 83 engineers was probed based on allegations of favouring certain contractors in the e-tendering system. After a detailed inquiry, the BMC had indicted 63 engineers for their role in the scam in 2019. Twenty were found not guilty.

According to a proposal from BMC, 50 engineers will face one-time cut of a certain amount from their one month’s salary or pension if they are retired. Similarly, 13 engineers will face permanent cut of a certain amount from salary or pension.

The proposal will be tabled before the BMC Standing Committee for final approval on Friday.

In 2014, it was found that engineers and contractors in many administrative wards were manipulating e-tendering systems to award contracts. It was found that BMC incurred losses worth Rs 100 crore due to the malpractices. The civic body had also blacklisted more than 160 contractors who were found guilty in the probe.

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