Bhubaneswar, June 9 (LocalWire): The allegations of alleged scam in procurement of masks by the state government has now got impetus with the opposition parties escalating their scathing attack against the government.
Odisha Congress party spokesperson Satya Prakash Nayak late Monday night said that the state government violated the ‘incentive ceiling’ rule of the Finance Ministry which has capped that maximum incentive upto 5 per cent.
“The finance ministry in their procurement manual has capped the incentive upto 5 per cent but the government allowed incentives upto 50 per cent,” he said.
He also said that the government while ignoring competitive prices from other suppliers chose a Tamil Nadu-based mask supplier which supplied masks at the highest rate of Rs 16/piece while many other states bought it at much lower rates.
Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha MP and BJP leader Aparjita Sarangi said that there needs to be transparency in the matter and state-specific procurements should not be favoured.
Meanwhile a PIL has been filed with the Orissa High Court by the Nationalist Lawyers Forum seeking a CBI probe into the matter.
State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das has meanwhile been refuting charges of any irregularities in the procurement process.
BJD leader Subash Singh meanwhile told the media that opposition parties should refrain from doing politics on the matter and hamper the procurement process.