Contractors’ association levels 40% commission charge against Karnataka govt

Bengaluru, Feb 8 (IANS): In a setback to the Congress government in the state, the president of the Karnataka State Contractors’ Association, D. Kempanna, has alleged that the practice of taking 40 per cent commission (bribe) in tenders persists in the Karnataka government.

The ruling Congress had highlighted the issue of a 40 per cent cut in public tenders as a major concern against the previous BJP government during the elections.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday, Kempanna demanded the cancellation of the package tender issued by various government departments. He also insisted that a separate tender should be invited for each specific project.

The package tender is being invited in Kolar and other districts, and corruption by officers has already begun. Kempanna claimed that officers are collecting money and passing it on to their political masters. While politicians used to directly take commission earlier, now officers are handling this on behalf of the politicians. According to Kempanna, the 40 per cent cut continues under the Congress government.

He urged the government to halt unnecessary tender packages floated by different departments. Kempanna stated that they have met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah multiple times, and more than 10 letters have been written to him on this issue. Engineers, he claimed, are pointing fingers at their senior officers, and when questioned, these officers are reportedly admitting to the involvement of ministers and MLAs.

The package tender system is allegedly designed to favour contractors from neighbouring states, leading to widespread corruption. Contracts are allegedly awarded to associates, while genuine contractors face injustice. Kempanna warned of a protest call if the situation is not addressed within a week.

He raised concerns about the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike calling for package tenders worth Rs 300 crore within a week. Kempanna accused officers of directly demanding bribes from contractors for project allotment.

Payments for completed works have allegedly not been released even after two years. Kempanna asserted that a complaint against the continuation of the 40 per cent commission under the Congress government would be lodged at an appropriate time.

He also claimed that there are 15 chief engineers in the BBMP who ask for money in every tender. While he didn't disclose their names, he mentioned that a complaint running into thousands of pages has been submitted to the retired High Court Justice Nagamohan Das Committee, including the names of the allegedly corrupt officers.



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  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Crying wolf -- too many times -- political blackmailers --

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    This Kempaiah must be investigated/examined/tested to know whether he got infected by 40% virus., earlier may be from treasury bench .... now from opposition bench...,

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Hana kandare henavoo baayi biduttade... No party is immune to corruption... Politics is the highest money spinning job on our land... Not much qualification needed ... Bit of luck and lot of drama skills... It is an art of fooling the same people over and over again... We the people also sometimes take solace in saying one is less corrupt than the other... In fact graft is the name of hidden hormone that exists in most of us....

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  • TK, dubai

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    So why is he not going public with the names of the ministers or mla involved? Simply just saying Congress politicians take 40% commission won't help his cause. I think he is a secret opposition party rat influenced by suitcases of cash by motabhai, to speak ill against Congress...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    I doubt with Kempanna.D. First of all Government must investigate him. I think he enjoying with this types of news .

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  • Imanuel, Korakatte

    Fri, Feb 09 2024 where is the proof for 40% allegations made against BJP???how many are arrested???Means it was a fake allegations made against BJP? I see few are really gone hiding inside rat hole today...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Everything is Fake about Imanuel ...

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  • Jeevan Jeppu, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Yes, you are right. This fake Imanuel does not even know to spell that name correctly! Sab kuch 'fake' hai.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission ...

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  • ca girishkk, Valencia/m'lore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Complaints against officers and chief engineers....,investigation must identify at whose behest they seek 40%..., the alleged Ministers Ex or Present..., Kothi media must investigate to know the political allegiance of these alleged Ministers who are affected by 40% virus...,

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    i think the contractors association must have received 60% from teh suticase of mota they want to level allegations for LS elections are nearing the nagpur gulam party has caught hold of this association....but whatever....people are happy with guarantees...any amount of natak will not work in Karu naddu....

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    All are same. Politicians are birds of the same feathers...

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    How much percent this leader of contractors got from opposition??? His allegation needs to proved but in BJP's case the allegation was proved and even people committed suicide.... It's not that congress or any political party are saint and don't indulge in corruption... Almost every politician in the country is corrupt and wants to be in politics for major 2 reasons, one is money making and another is power, so that they can do whatever they want......

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  • Hussain, Udupi

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    same % as they received in 2023 to make similar allegation against then govt

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  • Pinthaam, Mangloor

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    Why not disclose the names of so called corrupt officials? He must disclose the names and prove his claims and the guilty should be punished. I guess he missed getting some tenders!

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  • karen anita dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 09 2024

    D. Kempanna has only said about package tenders etc. which is a legal option and every government department creates technical requirements and submits, nothing new in this. The government does this to ensure that the department, which is the end user, approves of the supplied product. If demand for bribe has been made, then he should go public with the proof.

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  • Vishal, Puttur

    Thu, Feb 08 2024


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