Contractors association allege irregularities in NMC’s accounts dept | Nagpur News

Nagpur: Large-scale irregularities have surfaced in Nagpur Municipal Corporation regarding clearance of outstanding bills of the civil contractors. Though bills were pending from February to October, the accounts department, which has no full-time chief accounts and finance officer, has cleared some bills of April out of bills pending for eight months.
The NMC Contractors’ Welfare Association has approached municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B and urged him to resolve the issue. “Quite often the in-charge CAFO comes to office in an inebriated condition and uses foul language,” the memorandum stated.
“CAFO Hemant Thakre takes a lot of time to sign the bills and clear payments as per journal voucher sequence despite lots of requests and complaints,” the association alleged.
Thakre refuted the allegation and claimed that he was doing his level best with holding the charge of both Amravati and Nagpur Municipal Corporations. “Since joining I have cleared around 4,000 pending bills and brought them to 1,000-900 files,” he claimed.
According to them, the previous CAFO had cleared files of January this year, while dues of contractors were pending since October 2019. “But from February to October so far, only bills for April were cleated out of these eight months bills, while the CAFO reportedly sent back the bills of last financial year to auditors,” they alleged.
“In all, there must be around 800 to 1,000 files which are pending idle. Not only contractors, corporators and engineers but the whole city is facing hardship as unfinished works cannot be done without measurement books and file also other formalities like extension of time limit, extra items etc are held up,” the memorandum stated.
“He has signed the bills of those who meet him alone in his ante chamber and also clears the bills out of turn of journal voucher sequence which has agitated other contractors who are waiting patiently for their turn. He is most often unavailable in his office even on his allotted days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) hence the already financially exhausted contractors are falling prey to him,” said association president C Vijay Nayudu.
Earlier also the association had given letters thrice but things has not changed for any better yet. Contractors are getting impatient and are in agitating mood.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishan B confirmed of receiving complaint against CAFO. The NMC has already approached the state government to depute a fulltime CAFO.

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