C.M Ramesh was one of the MPs of TDP and also a Benami of the one who is 420 in AP, who ruled the Water Resources Department and led it to its ruins. And the surprising part of all the corruption conducted through the Water Resource Department was well supported by the ex-CM –Chandrababu Naidu. The former CM of AP went ahead and gave Red Carpet treatment to ex-MP Ramesh by awarding him all the contracts of the Water Resources throughout Chandrababu’s tenure while blatantly ignoring the legal procedure of competitive bidding.
In this article, we will tell you how Chandrababu Naidu favored his cronies in every possible way disregarding the legal policies that were supposed to be followed. Read on to find out why Mr. Naidu could be considered as a classic example of how a CM shouldn’t be conducting his business.
The measures are taken by the Former CM to offer Red Carpet Treatment to a TDP MP:
Typically, a contract of the government is supposed to be assigned to a contractor after competitive bidding has been conducted. And the one who makes the highest bid gets the chance to complete the project. However, in the government ruled by the one who is 420 in AP, only his cronies are favored and are allowed to handle the significant works carried out throughout AP.
In order to award the projects to his cronies, Chandrababu Naidu, without any hesitation, removed several contractors from bidding by using the clause 60(C) of APDSS. Then further went ahead and surged the estimated cost of the remaining projects and gifted away the new contracts to his Benamis. For a few deals, the ex-CM utilized the similar modus operandi for the removal of the existing service providers, hijacking the estimated value of the projects and then later handling them to Rithwik Projects.
Almost all the projects of AP were handled by Rithwik Projects owned by Mr. C.M. Ramesh. All the credit goes to the former CM Chandrababu Naidu, who considered Rithwik Projects worthy enough to handover contracts of worth Rs. 4,834 crores. As to the second phase of the HNSS project, Mr. Naidu dismissed the contractors of the 4th along with the packages of 5th and 6th projects. He then made sure to revise the estimated cost to a higher value, that is, from Rs 235 crores to Rs 568 crores and then handed over the contract to Rithwik Projects on the basis of a quotation.
The 87th package of Vamsadhara’s second phase was exposed to a similar fate. The former contractor was axed in the context of delaying the process of execution. And later, the TDP government surged the estimated amount of the project from Rs 47 crores to Rs 221 crores and then handed it to TDP MP C.M. Ramesh’s Rithwik Projects.
Ex CM’s clash with the Finance Department!
When the one who is 420 in AP hiked the price of every contract he could lay his hand on, the Finance Department refused to clear the tender. However, later the Water Resources Department bent its rules and issued a notification in favor of the bid. Even if any other company other than Rithwik Projects were to be interested in participating in the process of tender application, the Department had plans to rule out their participation in one way or the other.
The plans to disqualify any of the reliable contractors other than Chandrababu’c cronies were all set. Even when any other contractor dared to apply for the project, some testy conditions were cited, and the company was taken off of the technical bid. Then the contracts were handed over to the “chosen one.”
In the Galeru-Nagari project, the value of the 27th package was estimated to be Rs 11 crores initially. But, as soon as Chandrababu Naidu laid his eyes on the contract, it shot up by more than 100 crores. And the former contractor was removed, and you all know by now what comes next –the project was handed over to Rithwik Projects.
After Chandrababu Naidu’s government handed over the project of Galeru-Nagari to Rithwik Projects, a dispute arose between Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, the Water Resources Minister and C.M. Ramesh owner of Rithwik Projects and a TDP MP. As a result, the bills of the contract were halted for a specific time period. In retaliation to this conflict, Ramesh wrote to the former CM –the one who is 420 in AP. To rein in the disagreement and iron out the issues before any further damage could take place, the Ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu brokered a compromise contract between the two. This was when the clout of C.M. Ramesh went up amidst the Water Resource Department.
As the governing and decision-making head of the state of AP, it was Chandrababu Naidu’s sole responsibility to handle conflict as a leader for the betterment of the state and its people. Instead, the one who is 420 in AP went ahead and made a deal like a broker handling a business. Basically, if we put it into words, four and a half years of tenure as a CM for Mr. Naidu was nothing but a trade to conduct!
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