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Manipur University in Dire Straits (Part -3) Violating Rule 150 & 155 of the GFR, MU procured over 17 lakhs worth equipments

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Imphal, Jan 25

Imphal Times special team while carrying out investigation to what ails in Manipur  University, finds the administrative block as a den of corrupt officials from top to bottom, who don’t have any respect for the law of the land as well as who  considered  the  temple of higher education a gold mine.

More findings by our special team will be made public. In this third publication, Imphal Times is exposing how the authority of the Manipur University Administration unit purchased computer  equipments worth over Rs. 17 lakhs through direct purchase without  invitation of tender,  notification at any of the newspaper. This kind of procurement is a violation of Rule 150 & 155 of the General Finance Rules 2017, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure. 

According to the findings of the Imphal Times Special Investigation team, eight (8)  electronic  equipments worth Rs. 17,01,224/- (seventeen Lakhs one thousand two hundred twenty-four) were directly purchased from a single firm in between May 5, 2016, to August 9, 2016. The firm as per the finding is identified as BB Enterprises, Imphal East.

On May 30, 2016, the Manipur University Authority purchased  three number  of Ricoh Digital Full color Multifunctional Printer Model No. Aficio MP 2001L from the said firm at the cost of Rs. 5,21,325/- (Five Lakhs twenty one thousand three hundred twenty five) . When calculated each printer cost a sum of Rs. 1,73,775/-. Team  Imphal  Times than enquired the rate of the printer at the local market here in Imphal as well as outside the  state  particularly  in New Delhi,  Kolkata  and Bengaluru.  According to the information the market price of the said printer that  they purchase at Rs. 1,73,775/-  cost less than Rs. 55,000/- (Fifty Five thousand).

On July 04, 2016, two numbers of 2 Ton AC 5 star were purchased from the said firm at the cost of Rs. 2,51,788/- (Two lakhs fifty one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight)Another . When enquired about the market price of the said AC, the maximum price does not exceed Rs. 60,000/-(Sixty Thousand). 

On July 21, 2016, one Ricoh Digital Full Color Multifunctional Printer model No.MPC 2011 SP was procured from the same firm, that is BB Enterprises at the cost of Rs. 3,53,630/- (Three Lakhs Fifty three thousand six hundred and thirty). When enquired about the market price, the printer cost less than Rs. 2.5 lakhs. 

On August 6, 2016, another Ricoh Digital Full color Multifunctional Printer Model No. Aficio MP 2001L was purchased from the said firm at the cost of Rs. 2,20,851/-. (Two lakhs twenty thousand eight hundred and fifty one). This same printer when supplied by the same firm BB Enterprises, Imphal East, the price was Rs. 1,73,775/-. This means that the price of the Ricoh Digital Full color Multifunctional Printer Model No. Aficio MP 2001L was increased by Rs. 47,096 in 4 months. 

According to Rule 150 and 155 of the General Finance Rules 2017, Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Government of India, any such supplies or purchase should be done following due formalities.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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