Mamata wants Gen Y to replace ‘corrupt’ contractors

Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) Threatening to blacklist corrupt contractors, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday urged the young generation to come up as contractors to help in the development of the state.

“There are contractors affiliated to the Left who indulge in corruption, and have been opposing e-tendering and also not allowing many contractors to participate. There have been many conspiracies to stall developmental work,” Banerjee said at the state secretariat, the Writers’ Buildings.

Alleging that many contractors bagged tenders by paying kickbacks, Banerjee said her government will award contracts only through e-tendering and also threatened to blacklist erring contractors.

“Development is a dynamic process and we cannot allow people to stall that at any cost. We will blacklist contractors who are corrupt or those who intentionally delay projects. We cannot allow people who work under political influence,” she said.

Banerjee also urged the young generation to come forward to work as contractors.

“If the need be, why shouldn’t the new generation become contractors? Where is the problem? They will work for development. Also it will be a business for them,” she said.

She, however, had a word of caution for them: “But they will have to remember that if they choose to participate only in bigger projects and not take up work for building a small village road, then we will not accept that.”

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