RTI reply: National tribal University spends 1 crore on a function
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Amarkantak spent more than Rs. 1 crore on a function hosted in its campus.
The reply provided by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) states that only for tables, chairs, tent, flowers and other decorations Rs 21.91 lakh were spent. It also states that the University administration failed to produce proper bills to substantiate the expenses. As per the reply, the total amount spent on the function was Rs. 1,04,21,000/-.
The applicant quoted previous year’s CAG report to allege that the University had spent Rs. 8 crore for which it didn’t have any proper billing or documentation. The CAG had allegedly raised objections against the University for violating norms in awarding Rs. 5.5 crore contract to a contractor and for irregularities found in other purchases and maintenance charges. The applicant has stated that he would approach CBI for an enquiry into the matter.