NEHU.

Three teachers’ bodies in Meghalaya have demanded that the CBI be granted permission to investigate the anomalies in ‘replacement of feeder pillar in the hostel and residential areas’ at North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

Three associations– Meghalaya Tribal Teachers’ Association (MeTTA), North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) and Meghalaya Confederation For Academic Welfare (MeCAW)—have expressed serious concern over the media report that the CBI sought permission to investigate the anomalies that involve officials who allegedly violated norms of tendering and especially resolutions of Building Committee of the University.

“The three bodies are shocked to learn that the CBI sought permission to investigate ‘replacement of feeder pillar in the hostel and residential areas’ that involves officials who allegedly violated norms of tendering and especially resolutions of Building Committee of the University,” MeCAW , MeTTA and NEHUTA said in a statement on Tuesday.

The three Associations demand that the CBI be granted permission, if it has sought such permission, without further delay to investigate into the illegalities committed in the said case so that the guilty is brought to justice, said the statement.

“The amount of taxpayers’ money that is wasted by such corrupt practice of violation of rules and norms is a grave and serious mischief which cannot be played around,” said the three associations.

The teachers’ bodies said that the Registrar, being the secretary of the important committee did not brief all the facts and place them on record before the work order was issued to a party of choice by the Engineer concerned.

“We demand that the matter needs to be fully investigated. Any delay in investigating the matter on the part of NEHU shall amount to hiding the corrupt officials and conniving with them,” it said.

“In the larger public interest, NEHU being a Central University should not sidetrack such a serious revelation. The taxpayers’ money that is wasted does not belong to individuals, but to the Government and the people,” added the teachers’ bodies.

They further mentioned that as normally Vice-Chancellor remains absent, it is also necessary to know who granted the approval to issue the work order to the party.

“If it was the Pro-VC who was acting as VC on that day of issuing the approval for work order and who later became the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), the matter becomes even graver,” the statement further said.

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