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CSA panel to probe account seizure

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 00:04 IST

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR of the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture Technology University (CSA), Dr VK Suri has set up a committee to probe into the reasons, as to why the Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC) seized it accounts on the pretext of non-payment of taxes. Seizure of accounts might put the university in a fresh trouble.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Dr Suri said that he has verified the tax dues from the university records, which showed that the KMC had the wrong information about the dues. He said that KMC has shown an outstanding of Rs 75 crore whereas the university records showed dues amounting to Rs 25 lakh. Out of which the university has paid Rs 4 lakh last year. Even this year, provisions were made to pay the taxes in part.

He said he himself wanted to clear all the dues so that plans could be designed within the available grant money and the financial management could be streamlined.

The news of accounts seizure by the KMC disturbed the employees and they said that this would give a fatal blow to the staggering university and they would be victim of non-payment of their monthly salaries. A section of university employees felt action was initiated by the employees with vested interests.

It is worth mentioning that the university has been getting inadequate government help to meet its budget. Despite several representations the government did not raise the grant money allocated to the university. Though, the chief minister had announced to review the grant, but to no avail. At present, the university is not in position to pay the wages and salaries of its employees and it has to face the wrath of the employees.  The  V-C has been stressing upon the resource generation projects to put the university in a sound financial position. He is also depending upon the project funds sanctioned by the ICAR .