While collection of PC (Percentage Commission) in government works has always been rampant and often done under the table, an apparent first public display of the corrupt practice has come to surface in Odisha.
An information board of a government project in Kabisuryanagar Notified Area Council (NAC) of Ganjam district has been found mentioning payment of PC in the execution of the works.
The peculiar information board has been spotted near Arabinda Nagar of ward No-12 in the NAC, as per a report published in a vernacular daily.
As per the report, a contractor has reportedly wrote about the PC dealing in the information board installed at the project site protesting non-payment of bill even after completion of the project works.
Though the information board was written in 2018, it came to fore recently. The contractor has mentioned that a sum of Rs 27,000 was paid as percentage commission to the engineer associated with the project.
While the estimated cost of the project, a community centre in Kabisuryanagar, was Rs 2,75,657, a sum of Rs 27,000 was allegedly paid towards the PC. The public works department was the executing authority of the works.
Apart from the PC, the information board stated that Rs 31,664 was paid towards GST.