Acting on a complaint made to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar alleging irregularities in purchase on uniforms for the cadets of National Cadet Corps (NCC), the Discipline and Vigilance branch of the Army Headquarters has asked the NCC headquarters in New Delhi to probe the allegations.
In a letter to the NCC Headquarters on November 18, the Additional Directorate General of Discipline and Vigilance in Adjutant General’s Branch of Army Headquarters has forwarded the complaint that was addressed to the defence minister.
The NCC headquarters has been asked to look into the allegations of irregularities concerning use of sub-standard material for uniforms, no testing of the material used in the uniforms and anomalies in the tendering process for the annual procurement of uniforms.
The NCC has been asked to investigate and give its comments on the allegations by January 15, 2016.
Documents accessed by The Indian Express show that the complaint has been made by an officer working in the NCC directorate.
The official has complained that there is an annual demand for one million NCC uniforms each year as NCC cadets are allowed to retain the uniforms issued to them after they pass out.
Till the year 2010, there used to be a system of open tendering in which purchases were made as per rules but lately the rules has been flouted, the complaint says. It has also been brought out in the complaint that for the past five years no purchase has been made through open tender system and that even if the tenders are floated they are delayed and scrapped thereby creating an artificial scarcity.
The complainant also alleges that huge orders are then placed flouting rules and bypassing set norms to purchase the uniforms in a hurry and that no tests are carried on the quality of the uniforms supplied.
Stating that fresh orders for uniforms have once again been placed by flouting rules, the complainant has demanded an inquiry into why the open tender system is not being followed and why no quality control is being ensured on the material supplied.
“The ministry must call and examine the date-wise delay of all tenders since 2010 and affix responsibility. The quality of uniforms for fabric and zips may be checked through recognised government laboratories,” the complaint reads.