Although Uttar Pradesh is enveloped in heavy cold-weather, school children of government primary schools are yet to get their school sweaters or have got sub-standard ones that are falling apart already. An FIR has been registered against a Kanpur-based firm and its operator in connection with negligence in distribution of free sweaters to students of state government-run primary and junior high schools.
The firm and its operator have been charged under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 467 (forging official documents), 468 (forgery with purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged document as genuine).
The FIR has been registered by Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Amar Kant Singh of Lucknow against the firm and its operator, Ashok Kumar Surekha of Kanpur at the Wazirganj police station here.
A senior official of the education department said the firm had placed its bid through e-tendering process for distribution of sweaters to 1,86,040 students of primary and upper primary high schools in Lucknow district on August 16, 2019.
He said the tender was given to the firm as they had put up the lowest bid after which purchase order was issued on November 16, 2019. The firm was sent multiple reminders to complete the distribution work by December 1, 2019 but they failed to do so.
The firm distributed sweaters only to 44,649 students, which is only 24 percent of the total allotted work. It also misused government funds by placing inflated bills, the official added. He also said that the sweaters were distributed to students by hiring another firm.
The BSA apprised Lucknow district magistrate Abhishek Prakash about non-completion of sweaters distribution following which the administration decided to register the FIR.
Deepak Dubey, Inspector in Wazirganj Police Station, said that the police had summoned the firm’s operator to present documents and record his statements but so far he has not turned up. He further added that the operator could be arrested if he did not turn up soon.
Source: IANSPosted in News, States