`Online auction to discard obsolete articles and machines`

Delhi Government today decided to follow a "transparent mechanism" under which obsolete articles and machines of various departments will be disposed off through an online auction.

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 00:29 AM IST

New Delhi: In the wake of the radiation
exposure incident in a scrapyard here, Delhi Government today
decided to follow a "transparent mechanism" under which
obsolete articles and machines of various departments will be
disposed off through an online auction.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over
by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Under the mechanism, MSTC Ltd, a Government of India
enterprise, will dispose off the obsolete articles and
machines of various government departments through an online
auction.

"The mechanism will be transparent," Dikshit said after
the meeting.

The Chief Minister said various departments under the
city government were facing difficulties in disposal of their
surplus, obsolete and unserviceable articles.

In order to establish a centralised mechanism to dispose
off such material through e-auction the Cabinet has decided to
engage the MSTC Ltd, for this purpose, she said.

Dikshit said MSTC Ltd has agreed to provide services to
all departments under the city government and has also assured
to strive hard in getting the best prices for the scrap
material lying in different departments and different sites.

The MSTC Ltd will charge 2.75 per cent of the total
transaction as service fee. In case the disposal amount
exceeds Rs 80 crore in a financial year the service charges
will be reduced to 2.5 per cent.

The Chief Minister further stated that the new mechanism
will help in disposal of such items in a systematic, fast and
transparent manner.

The recent incident of radiation exposure, which led to
the death of a scrap shop worker in west Delhi, has brought to
focus the urgent need to safely deal with scraps and other
wastes, said an official. The source of material was traced to
the chemistry department of Delhi University.

The city Government has already directed all medical
establishments in the city to dispose off radioactive material
strictly as per rules and regulations framed by Atomic Energy
Regulatory Board.

The Cabinet has also decided to recommend to Lieutenant
Governor Tejinder Khanna prorogation of the budget session of
the fourth Legislative Assembly of Delhi. The 4th session had
commenced on March 15 and was adjourned sine die on the April
1. The budget for the 2010-11 was presented on March 22 and
was passed by the House on March 29.

-PTI