Jogi alleges scam of crores in the name of digital education

Raipur: Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi has alleged large scale irregularities in school education department saying that selection of company for digital education in the schools was conducted on the basis of invalid and illegal documents.

Addressing a press conference here today Jogi said that tender for digital education was invited. Digital Education was launched under an integrated education scheme called ‘Samagra Shiksha Yojana’.

He said that this project was launched with the school in Marra village falling under Chief Minister’s constituency. The former Chief Minister said that process of tender for digital education began on January 7, 2019.

Two companies- RailTel Corporation of India Ltd and Bennett, Coleman & Co-took part in the tendering, he said. As per the preliminary eligibility criteria of tender, the company must have previous experience on education related project of at least Rs 100 crore.

Jogi said that Bennett, Coleman& Co did was selected in violation of the rules for ‘Samagra Shiksha’ as it did not have any valid documents. It did not have even any previous experience, he said, maintaining that selection of this company on the basis of invalid documents smacked of corruption.

According to him only few companies can fulfil tough conditions laid down under the tender. But education department accepted invalid and illegal documents of ‘Bennett’ in a pre-planned manner. Work order was released with selection of this company. This project based on the foundation of corruption was launched in schools of Marri village in Chief Minister’s home village Patan, he said.

Jogi said other participants RailTel Corporation of India and Probit Plus Limited had submitted 8 memoranda. But education department arbitrarily selected Bennett in a well-planned manner on the basis of invalid documents. He also questioned role of officers in this matter.

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