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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

14 city colleges await wi-fi from MPLAD funds

Jyotsna Jalali , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 22, 2014
First Published: 10:54 IST(22/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:55 IST(22/4/2014)

Nine months after former minister and city MP Pawan Kumar Bansal had committed to spend Rs 50 lakh out of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) funds for providing Wi-Fi access at 14 colleges in the city, the UT education department has yet to receive the funds.

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With wiring up each college estimated to cost Rs. 3 lakh, the facility was supposed to be installed at Government College, Sector 11, Government College for Girls-11, GCG-42, Government College-46, Government College for Commerce and Business Administration-42, Guru Gobind Singh Colle ge for Women-26, Guru Gobind Singh College-26, Gover nment Home Science College - 10 , DAV College - 10 , MCM DAV College - 36 , SD College-32, Government College for Education-20 and Dev Samaj College for Education-36.

Even as the colleges continue to wait for the promised Wi-Fi, officials of the education department as well as those handling the MPLAD funds remain clueless.

Confirming the department had still to get the money, higher education director Sandeep Hans said W-Fi installation could begin only after the funds came through.

“We’re depending upon the money sanctioned from the MPLAD fund for the project. Details o n why the funds haven’t been credited will have to be checked with the DC’s office.”

When contacted, UT district commissioner Mohammad Shayin could only say: “We’ll have to look into the matter to check if there has been a delay on our part in sending them the project’s estimated cost”.

However, Congress party spokesman Pardeep Chhabra, who has been given charge of MPLAD funds, maintained “it has to be first checked whether we’re responsible for the delay or the DC office’s is to blame. A spokesperson for the MP’s office remarked cryptically: “There’s a procedure for transfer of (MPLAD) funds that must be followed”.

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