ITANAGAR, Nov 22 – The BJP has alleged that huge amounts of Central funds allocated for Computer Aided Learning (CAL) programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has been “misappropriated” by Arunachal Pradesh Education department, a charge denied by the State Government.
“The Education department misappropriated the amount by awarding contract to a firm without floating any tender,” BJP State-level monitoring and vigilance committee chairman Tapen Siga said in a press conference here on Thursday.
The firm’s chairman is State Congress president Padi Richo and it was registered at Shillong on January 7, 2009, three days prior to signing of the MoU with the State’s SSA Mission, Siga said. Richo refuted the charge.
The MoU was signed between the State’s SSA Mission and the Arunachal Pradesh Manpower and Project Consultancy Ltd, on January 10, 2009 for supplying CAL materials to 256 primary schools in the State.
Demanding a CBI probe into the scam, Siga alleged that though the total contract amount was Rs 18.99 crore, the department paid Rs 27.71 crore to the firm. – PTI