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Wardha varsity flouted rules to award tenders to UP firm: CAG

Noting financial and operational irregularities at Wardha-based Mahatma Gandhi Hindi International University,a CAG report has blamed the institution for diverting SC/ST funds

Noting financial and operational irregularities at Wardha-based Mahatma Gandhi Hindi International University,a CAG report has blamed the institution for diverting SC/ST funds towards non-plan expenditure and granting undue favour to a UP-based construction firm.

A recent CAG audit says the Central varsity flouted rules and awarded construction tenders to Uttar Pradesh Samaj Kalyan Nirman Nigam Ltd.

University V-C Vibhuti Narain Rai,a retired senior IPS officer,belongs to UP and served in the state police for decades. Rai said these were preliminary charges and would not find a place in the final report. “The report is half-baked as the audit is still ongoing. They have made certain observations and are visiting the university again in 10 days. We will present our case and I am sure they will drop the (impugned) paragraphs from the report.”

Taking note of the works awarded to the Nigam,the report said: “All the works were undertaken from the grants received from the UGC which involved crores of rupees. Instead of getting the work doing from any Central government organisation authorised to carry out such works,works were awarded to the Nigam… without obtaining prior approval from Building Committee,Finance Committee,Executive Council,grant sanctioning authority. This was done with a clear intention to favour and give undue benefit to Nigam.”

The auditor noted that Rs 1.82 crore was transferred from the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST students and other sources towards non-plan and revenue expenditure during 2009-10 in violation of UGC conditions.