“Reports Written In BJP Office”: AAP On 1,300-Crore Classroom Scam Charge

The vigilance directorate has beneficial “fixing responsibilities” of the officers involved.

New Delhi:

Soon after the Delhi authorities’s vigilance directorate (DoV) beneficial a probe by a “specialised agency” into alleged irregularities within the building of school rooms for Delhi authorities faculties, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia once more took a swipe on the BJP, alleging a political witch hunt. 

“FIRs, charge sheets, vigilance reports are all written in BJP’s office and distributed to the media. They are not given to ministers,” he mentioned.

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had in a February 17, 2020, report alleged “glaring irregularities” by the Arvind Kejriwal-led authorities within the building of two,405 school rooms in 193 authorities faculties within the nationwide capital. 

It concerned a “scam of Rs 1,300 crore”, official sources mentioned on Friday.

The CVC had despatched the report back to the Delhi authorities’s vigilance directorate, searching for its feedback on the matter, in February 2020 itself, however reportedly no motion was taken in over two years.

“The directorate however kept sitting over the report for two-and-half years until Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena asked the chief secretary to inquire into the delay in August this year and submit a report,” a supply advised information company PTI.

The vigilance directorate has additionally beneficial “fixing responsibilities” of the officers involved of the Education Department and PWD who had been concerned within the “bungling” to the tune of almost Rs 1,300 crore, they mentioned. 

“Apart from several procedural lapses and violation of rules and manuals to tamper with the tender process, the DoV, in its report, has specifically underlined the role of private persons viz. ‘M/s Babbar and Babbar Associates’, who, without being appointed as a consultant, not only attended a crucial meeting held on June 21, 2016, in the chamber of the then PWD Minister but also influenced the Minister for post-tender changes done in the work contracts in the name of “richer specs” that resulted into additional financial implications of Rs 205.45 crore,” the report mentioned, based on information company ANI.

“Extra constitutional agencies/persons (like M/s Babbar & Babbar Associates) were running the administration and dictating the terms and conditions to the officers and the entire administration both at policy level as well as the execution level were implementing such directions of a private person in a place like National Capital of the Country, which is not only against TBR, 1993 and other rules, regulations and guidelines, besides being a serious threat to securities aspect. This kind of approach will lead to administrative anarchy and chaos,” the report additional reads.

In April, 2015, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed the development of further school rooms in Delhi authorities faculties. The PWD was entrusted the duty of setting up 2405 school rooms in 193 faculties. It carried out a survey to seek out out the requirement of the school rooms and based mostly on the survey, projected a complete requirement of 7180 equal school rooms (ECR) in 194 faculties, nearly 3 times the requirement of 2405 school rooms.

CVC obtained a grievance on August 25, 2019, concerning irregularities and price overrun within the building of school rooms. The building value escalated by upto 90 per cent within the title of “richer specifications” with out issuing a young. The Delhi Government sanctioned value escalation of Rs 500 crore with out tender.

According to the findings of the CVC investigation report, tenders had been floated for the works initially proposed and accepted, however in a while, awarded contract worth various from 17 per cent to 90 per cent on account of “richer specifications”.

The value escalated to the extent of Rs.326.25 crore, which is 53% increased than the awarded quantity of tender.

“In 194 schools, 1214 toilets were constructed against the requirement of 160 toilets with extra expenditure of Rs 37 crore. Toilets were counted and projected as classrooms by Delhi government. Only 4027 classrooms were constructed in 141 schools,” the report says, based on ANI.

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