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Sisodia wants CAG audit of 28 Delhi govt-funded colleges

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), demanding an audit of 28 Delhi University colleges, which are fully or partially funded by the Delhi government, after receiving complaints of corruption against them.

education Updated: Aug 02, 2017 16:06 IST
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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, had ordered to stop funding to 28 DU affiliated colleges over inordinate delay in the formation of governing bodies and allegations of corruption. On Tuesday, he wrote to the CAG for an audit of the accounts of these colleges.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, had ordered to stop funding to 28 DU affiliated colleges over inordinate delay in the formation of governing bodies and allegations of corruption. On Tuesday, he wrote to the CAG for an audit of the accounts of these colleges.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), demanding an audit of 28 Delhi University colleges, which are fully or partially funded by the Delhi government, after receiving complaints of corruption against them.

The move comes a day after the government stopped the funding to the 28 colleges, citing university’s failure to constitute governing bodies (GBs) for over 10 months.

“Have written to CAG asking for comprehensive audit of 28 Delhi govt funded colleges, as I’ve received many complaints of corruption.

“28 colleges need CAG audit as there are complaints of corruption; with no Governing Bodies for 10 months, there’s been no oversight,” Sisodia said in a series of tweets.

In a letter to CAG Shashi Kant Sharma, the education minister requested a comprehensive audit of the colleges for the previous and current financial years.

Sisodia requested the CAG to audit “all expenditure made by these colleges in the financial year 2016-17 and 2017-18. Procedure of regular and ad-hoc appointments and all regulatory and administrative action taken by the university with respect to these colleges”.

The education minister said in a tweet, “It seems governing bodies have not been formed so that corruption and irregularities can go on. Public money cannot be wasted like this”.

He also posted a letter from BJP MP Udit Raj on his Twitter handle, complaining about alleged irregularities in appointments to government-funded colleges. “I am regularly getting representations regarding corruption and irregularities in these colleges,” he said in his letter to the CAG.

Meanwhile, the teachers’ union has written to DU vice chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, urging him to complete the GB formation process so that students do not suffer due to funds freeze.

A DU official said the process of forming the governing bodies will be completed by August 7-8. “We have sent a letter to the government, citing the objections raised by the executive council over the nomination for GBs. The final decision will be taken by August 7-8,” the official said.

Twelve of the 28 colleges are fully funded by the government and sixteen are partially funded. The government had asked the university to form the governing bodies before making any appointments.

The governing body of each college has 15 members out of which five are nominated by the government. The body is responsible for taking several administrative decisions such as teachers’ appointment and financial expenditure.