Crores siphoned off in UP school building scam, pvt co claimed money, never finished work | Meerut News


Meerut/Bijnor: Over a decade after a private company based in Lucknow was awarded contracts to build 64 Kasturba Gandhi Residential Schools for Girls across 17 districts in UP, its project manager has been arrested by the economic offences wing (EOW). The company allegedly worked in collusion with education department officials, three of whom face an inquiry, to claim 90% of the project cost before abandoning the project, embezzling crores.
In 2008, the Centre had released funds for the project, launched in 2004, to build residential schools for girls from weaker sections. Each school would have space for 100 girls and classes from VI to VIII. The first violation occurred in how the contract itself was awarded. “The rules say that the work can only be given to a government agency or a cooperative agency. But here, it was allotted to a private company. The basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) then, Varun Kumar, was suspended,” said a…

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