Jamshedpur, Sept 18: With election round the corner, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI) ruling and opposition groups have started the blame game.
The rival faction led by Presidential Candidate Alok Choudhary along with Prabhakar Singh and Nandkishore Agarwal on Friday held president of SCCI Suresh Sonthalia responsible for using the chamber’s name and power for his personal benefits.
Addressing a press conference on Friday at a city hotel, Prabhakar Singh said, “Some functionaries of current SCCI team for their own benefits have used the impact of Chamber.
The issue came into light when President of SCCI Suresh Sonthalia tried to settle down the matter through a letter addressed to the members of the Chamber dated September 11, 2015. Sonthalia through this letter blamed the opposition group of launching a campaign against him and spreading misinformation in the market”, claimed Singh.
Prabhakar Singh further said, “Allegations on President Sonthalia are based on facts and the matter is associated with reducing the number of vendors in Tata Steel and supplying goods through ‘Aggregate’. Tata Steel management has enforced ‘Aggregate Module’ instead of doing business with several numbers of vendors”.
On the occasion Nandkishore Agarwal said, President Sonthalia called a meeting of 15-20 vendors on October 11, 2014 and on the outcome of the meeting he wrote a letter to Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice-President (Corporate Services) Tata Steel on October 15, 2014 mentioning that the vendors were concerned about the current process of agglomerating various commodities & handling it to a single vendor for procurement.
Later on December 10, 2014, a letter issued by the Procurement department stated that Shiv Shakti Corporation a company of Suresh Sonthalia and Navbharat Hardware of Bharat Vasani, VP (Trade & Commerce) of SCCI were mandated to explore the possibilities of aggregating requirements across TIS group companies for some of the products. The issue is still hidden from the members of the chamber, added Prabhakar Singh.
Prabhakar Singh further said, in a recent letter to the members of SCCI dated September 11, 2015, President Sonthalia mentioned that his fight against Tata Steel on the aggregate issue is still on. About which fight is Sonthalia talking about and is misleading the chamber members? Why his company did accepted the aggregate request of Tata Steel? asked Singh.