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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha BJP on Monday slammed the State Government while alleging it of indulging in a ‘massive corruption’ in the procurement of CCTV setups from a company, to be installed at a number of police stations across the State.

According to the information received under Right To Information (RTI) Act by the State unit of BJP, a tender worth Rs 100 crore was floated for the procurement of CCTV setups. However, the report mentioned that Rs 104 crore has been paid to the vendor for the same.

The shocking revelation has now led the Opposition party to question the motive of the Odisha government behind the move.

Not only that, the RTI fact has further revealed that the tender was floated in July 2021 to set up CCTV cameras at 593 police stations across the State. 

A consultant was also appointed for giving his expertise and guidance on the acquirement. An amount of Rs 15, 00,000 was spent for setting up CCTV surveillance system in each police station.

However, the party claimed that the best-in-class CCTV setups meant for each police station can be installed in a full-fledged manner at just Rs 6, 00,000 in Odisha. 

“There was no need to procure the systems from a company with such an exorbitant price. What's more disconcerting is that the supplier firm also has no service centres in Odisha,” said BJD leader Thakur Ranjit Das.

“Odisha government should cancel the tender and stern action should be taken against the officials involved in this scam. The government should appoint a technical committee for the price fixing and transparency in the procurement process,” said Das.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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