Taking 3% commissions a norm, says Sicilla civic chief
Sircilla municipal chairperson Samala Pavani’s video that even ‘their
minister’told them that there was
nothing wrong in taking commission up to 3 percent from the contractors went viral
on March 17.
Late in the night she sent in her resignation to commissioner. In
the resignation letter, Ms Pavani said she was resigning on personal grounds
and thanked minister K.T Ramarao for his support. She also thanked the
councilors for their support.
Pavani said councilors were not happy though works worth hundreds
of crores were on in the Sircilla municipality colonies and contractors were
not giving them commissions.
She said, in a lighter vein, at a press conference that it was common
to take 1 to 3 percent commission from the contractors as the “media persons
knew pretty well”. She was referring drainage and other development works in the
colonies in the Sircilla municipality.
However, she did not mention the name of the Minister but just said
“our”. She alleged that some of the contractors said councilors were asking
them to pay commissions for the works they had done in the colonies in the
commission to the councilors was the “responsibility” of the contractors and
they must follow it to compensate the expenditure incurred during the elections,
Accepting commission was not just happening in the Sircilla
Municipality alone, she said and every one of them in the Telangana state was
doing so and there was “nothing was new in it”.
Pavani said, her commissions were taken care of by her husband and
she was concentrating only on development works and administration and added that
she could not say who the contractors should pay to and the percentage.
She admitted that she was one among the many who took commissions