BJP demands CBI probe into ‘colossal scam’ in Gour Banga varsity

VC refutes allegations
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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
17 Apr 2017

Alleging huge embezzlement of funds received by the University of Gour Banga (UGB) under Rashtriya Uchchatara Siksha Aviyan (RUSA), BJP demanded a probe CBI probe today. Subrata Kundu, the district party chief and Manabendra Chakraborty, district BJP general secretary told the media that they would knock the door of the Governor and chancellor of the varsity Keshari Nath Tripathi seeking his intervention into the alleged corruption.
Comparing the alleged misappropriation of RUSA fund by the UGB authorities with the Saradha chit-fund scam Chakraborty said, “We filed two petitions under right to information (RTI) act seeking clarifications about different monetary discrepancies in the varsity nearly a month back. Though our petitions were acknowledged, we are yet to get any reply to those.”
“The scam in the UGB involves the fund allocated by the central government. So, we believe CBI is the only competent authority to probe into the colossal corruptions,” Chakraborty said. He further alleged that rules are being grossly violated in UGB with the direct involvement of a section of varsity officials.
Citing some papers before the media personnel Chakraborty said, “Web cameras were installed in different colleges under UGB overnight spending incredible amounts of more than a million with the excuse of centralized invigilation. The proper method was not followed.”
“Another source of corruption is the employees’ development cooperative society of UGB. The teachers and non-teaching employees, who are the members of the cooperative, have been depositing Rs 300 per head since July, 2013. But there is no proper account of the fund collected. No annual general meeting was held and the members did not get their dividends. We want a probe into that too,” the BJP leader said.
Kundu, the district BJP president said, “UGB authorities have been violating laws at every step at their will. Recruitment process has been initiated with no respect to 100 point roster. Such anomalies cannot be tolerated.”
Prof Gopalchandra Mishra, vice chancellor of UGB said, “I have tried to develop the varsity as per law in consultation with the institution’s court and executive council. Still there may be some discontent. My door is open for suggestions from all concerned. I am ready to sit with all those who have some grievances.”