MeECL under fire for favouring Assam firm

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) has come under criticism for allegedly violating existing norms by giving supply order worth over Rs 1 crore to a firm from Assam.
Sources said on Thursday that while the government encourages local unemployed youths to take up business enterprises, the stand of the MeECL to allot work to an outside firm has irked the local suppliers.
As per sources, the MeECL used to distribute supplies to registered suppliers for different schemes and works by giving more or less the same amount. However, in the recent requirement for deposit and operation and maintenance work, an order for Rs 57,06,262 for operation and maintenance works and Rs 51,01,807 for deposit works were given on June 15 to a registered supplier (RK Trading) from Guwahati.
The order was signed by Additional Chief Engineer in violation to prevailing norms of distributing work to other suppliers.
The sources added that such action of violating the norms should not have been taken by MeECL against the interest of the local suppliers.
The MeECL officials were not available for comments on the matter.

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