There were seven memos against him w.r.to the construction of three domestic airports
The royal audit authority (RAA) has issued audit clearance to Druk Phuensum tshogpa’s Shompangkha candidate, the former information and communications minister, who had about seven audit memos against him in connection with the construction of three domestic airports.
The memos against the former minister were on irregularities in tender evaluation and possible existence of conflict of interests.
Officials from RAA said they issued the clearance to Nandalal Rai, as there was no audit issue against the candidate.
Officials from ministry of information and communications said, although RAA issued 49 memos in connection with the construction of the three airports in Gelephu, Bathpalathang and Yongphula, only 11 memos are pending as of today.
“Of the 11 memos, six are in connection with construction of Gelephu airport, and five in connection to Yongphula airport,” an official said.
The officials also said that the unresolved issues on Gelephu airport construction were on procedural aspects, excess payment and irregularities on construction of retaining wall.
For Yongphula airport, the unresolved issues were on unauthenticated estimates on excavation of three hills, procedural aspect on tendering of the airport construction, and on alleged fictitious excavation machine deployed during the construction.
MoIC officials said an arbitration committee that comprises a team of experts are reviewing four of the 11 unresolved issues.
“The committee would then give their views on the issue and, if the contractor is wrong, he’d be made to repay, and if MoIC officials are wrong, the ministry would take action against them,” the official said.
Of the 49 memos RAA issued against the ministry last year, MoIC officials said RAA dropped 11 after the exit meeting held between RAA and MoIC in December last year. Following the final meeting held on April 1, 2013 more memos were dropped.
“A lot of letters and papers had been exchanged and discussions were held between the two meetings,” an official said.
He also said that, in the final audit report sent to the ministry on May 3, seven memos were further dropped, bringing down the number of unresolved issues to 11.
MoIC officials said full constructions on all the three airports are ongoing as the USD 6.9M funding is released. “Until now, only basic facility like runway and fencing was constructed,” an official said.
By Tashi Dema