Raipur: While an amount of Rs 24 crore has already been spent in the salary and building for Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, teaching works have not begun yet in the Government Institute of Hotel Management which was registered in Chhattisgarh 13 years back.
Raising the issue during question hour of ongoing monsoon session of Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha today the Janta Congress MLA Ajit Jogi said that inordinate delay in starting the teaching works in the institute despite expenditure of Rs 24 crore in its building and salary was a matter of concern. Tourism Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu admitted that the institute was registered in the year 2006.
Subsequently an amount of Rs 20 crore 71 lakh 71351 was spent in the construction of building and an amount of Rs 3 crore 31 lakh 69528 was spent in salaries and allowances. He said that teaching work could not begin in the institute as the matter was pending before the High Court. Jogi said that there was no stay from the High Court on starting the institute.
The institute can become functional with opening of catering lab and management and submission of application for their affiliation with Noida based institute, he said. He called for effort for lifting of the stay. The Minister said that Principal and Staff obtained stay and efforts would be made for lifting it. Application can be submitted for affiliation, he said, adding that government was committed to start this institute.