IST KHELO INDIA WINTER GAMES | All formalities, procedures were followed: Secretary Sports Council

Secretary Sports Council, Naseem Javid Chowdhry today said that all required formalities and procedures were followed in awarding the contract for organizing opening and closing ceremonies of First Khelo India Winter Games at Gulmarg.

Terming as “incorrect” the allegations leveled by some event management companies against the tendering process, Chowdhary said the “advertisements inviting bids were issued in both local and national papers.”

He said five bidders qualified technical bids and gave presentation. “In financial bid the lowest bidder qualified,” he said.

Earlier, some event management groups had alleged violations in the tendering process. It was alleged that the “first” EOI was neither uploaded on website nor published in any leading newspaper of Jammu or Kashmir.

It was alleged that the second notification dated 19th Feb 2020 extending the date had no mention of basic eligibility criteria, technical eligibility criteria and technical evaluation.

It was alleged that the bidders who participated were called for presentations and concept by the concerned officials. “Once the presentation process was completed, the officials of J&K Sports Council did not issue any document regarding the scope of work or minimum fixed deliverables”.

It was alleged that there was no mention of any requirement and no such sheet was given to any participant. “No experience was sought from bidders in terms of past experience, implementation of major works in the respective field, official government orders for the same work, and experience in handling the same amount of work,” alleged an event management group.