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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Congress Sabhadhipati Bypassed in Purchasing Computer from Malda Zilla Parishad

MALDA, 19 JUNE: Allegation bypassing the elected bodies and growing dependence on secretaries has rocked Malda. Sabhadipati of Zilla Parishad is kept in dark and purchase worth Rs crores is made. Worse, the files too are not sent to Sabhadipati.  Fumed Sabhadipati writes to minister in charge regarding this.”Is there any new law introduced regarding not sending files to Sabhadipati”, asked Ujjwal Chowdhury, Sabhadipati of Congress run Malda Zilla Parishad.

It is learnt that on 15 May last, Additional Executive Officer of Zilla Parishad had given order to purchase computers for 15 Panchayet Samiti to a government firm (No 1354/ZP-12). The order had details of configuration of the computers, USP, colour copier but not the individual price or total cost. Allegation was raised that altogether Rs 1 crore was allotted, the market price of which is much low.

Chowdhury said, “About Rs 1 crore of 12th Finance Commission remained unspent in Malda Zilla Parishad budget. Had we not spent this the money would have returned. In this situation former district magistrate Rajesh Sinha proposed to buy computers for the panchayets and panchayet samities to expedite the works of panchayet.” 

Chowdhury alleged, “I knew about the purchase of computers but to my surprise the order of copiers were attached to it.” It is learnt that each of the copies cost Rs 3 lakh which meant that Rs 45 lakh would be needed for the entire purchase. “Who will pay for this huge expenditure? What is the use of colour copier in the panchayet samity?” asked  Chowdhury.

Chowdhury alleged, “After I assumed the charge on 16 June last year, important files are not being sent to me. To my utter surprise I find some firms are regularly getting bill without performing anything.” He said, “I’m writing to Minister to know how this is going on keeping myself in the dark. Has the govt passed any new law of ignoring Sabhadipati?”

Additional district magistrate cum additional executive officer of ZP Joydeb Thakur said, “The order of purchasing computers and copiers is well informed to Sabhadipati.” Regarding not sending files to Sabhadipati, Thakur explained, “All files cannot be sent to Sabhadipati. They will decide and we’ll perform.”

District magistrate Dr Archana said that sabhadipati himself had taken decision to buy the computers. But she assured to talk to Chowdhury regarding not sending files to him.

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