No payment, state ends pact with private players running ITIs - ECAS Punjab

No payment, state ends pact with private players running ITIs

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 13

The Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training has terminated its agreement with private societies that had failed to pay Rs 8.47 crore for operating nine Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) from leased-out government buildings across the state.

Action was also being initiated against officials responsible for not recovering the lease money from the societies. The societies had been running the ITIs for the past 12 years but had failed to pay the lease money to the department.

The action follows the office of Principal Accountant General (Audit), Punjab, pointing out failure of the department to recover Rs 8.47 crore from the private players. “Though the audit had calculated recoverable amount at Rs 8.47 crore, the defaulting amount against each society, as per the agreements, works out to nearly Rs 40 lakh each,” said a departmental official.

The societies whose agreement have been terminated and admissions stopped are Social Service Welfare Society, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Education Trust Dalewal (Bhunga), Shri Guru Angad Dev Educational Society, Shyana Shyam Education Society; Gomati Educational Trust and Balaji Education Trust. Another two societies whose bank guarantees have been forfeited are Narayan Education Trust and Saint Soldier Educational Society.

Short of funds, the then Capt Amarinder Singh government in 2004 had leased out nine government ITIs to private players for 33 years. Anurag Verma, Secretary, Technical Education Dept, "Responsibility of the officers behind the delay in recovery of the lease money was also being fixed and action would be taken accordingly".

from The Tribune

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