Raha wants ONGC staff to boycott corrupt colleagues

Vol 7, PW 21 (14 Jan 04) People & Policy

ONGC chairman and managing director Subir Raha has called on the corporations employees to boycott corrupt colleagues at office and in public.

I've asked ONGCians to confront lazy or exploitative colleagues in public, writes Raha in an internal communication dated 19th December 2003. I've asked ONGCians to stand up and shout for their rights and entitlements.

Don't tell me you do not know who is corrupt or lazy or 'dada' or 'neta' Raha wants his employees to conduct themselves with pride and responsibility now that ONGC is acknowledged as the most valuable company on the Bombay Stock Exchange. You can not keep firing the gun from my shoulder, he adds.

What happens if I leave ONGC tomorrow Rahas campaign comes as Indias anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Vigilance Commission, issued stringent guidelines to curb corruption in the award of contracts by public sector oil companies. Oil Ministry director AK Jain has sent copies of this directive to the chiefs of ONGC, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and GAIL with a firm instruction to abide by the new guidelines.

Central to the new CVC onslaught is criticism of irregularities in the procedure for oil sector tenders, particularly lack of clarity in the bid evaluation criteria that precedes the award of a contract. The pre-qualification criteria, performance criteria and evaluation criteria must be incorporated in bid documents in clear and unambiguous terms as these are very important in the evaluation of bids in a transparent manner, writes the CVC.

According to the CVC, junior officers often split a tender into several components to bring it within their power to award contracts without maintaining a record. In matters of petty purchase of emergency items all departments and organisations must keep proper records of all machine breakdown, adds the CVC.