In a major victory for citizen groups, the standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) yesterday put a stay on the purchase order of pesticides, which the civic body has been purchasing at higher rates.
The contract for the purchase of pesticide Tempephos 50 EC had come under the scanner after citizen group Sajag Nagrik Manch revealed last week that the civic body was paying twice the amount for the pesticides in comparison to the rate fixed by the state government.
“The government has set a rate of Rs 570 per litre. But for the past five years, the PMC health department has been procuring it at Rs 1,174 per litre. The standing committee has stayed the purchase order and asked the administration to conduct a detailed inquiry. We have given them a week’s period to ascertain the details,” said standing committee member Hemant Rasne.
The PMC standing committee has now decided to purchase the pesticide at the government rate, and if the concerned firm, who is supposed to deliver the order, rejects the government rate the contract will be terminated. Temephos 50 EC pesticide is used to prevent spread of dengue, as it controls