Jharkhand

Jharkhand: High Court summons Jharkhand government over T-shirt and toffee scandal

The Jharkhand High Court, during the hearing of a public interest litigation, has summoned the government to respond to the issue of distribution of T-shirts and toffees in the state. The court of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad directed the government to file a reply by November 27. Pankaj Yadav of RTI Center has filed a PIL in this regard.

During the hearing of the case on Friday, the Accountant General replied that there was an error in the distribution of T-shirts and toffees. He also objected to the AG’s report. The petitioner informed the court that on the day of establishment of the state (November 15, 201), the government had distributed toffees and T-shirts among five lakh school children in a single day. It is not possible to distribute T-shirts to so many children in one day. Large sums have been misused in the name of distribution.

Ranchi Deputy Commissioner has spent Rs 4.6565 crore under the head of the two: Advocate Rajiv Kumar, the petitioner, told the court that Rs 100 crore was sanctioned for the celebration of Establishment Day by relaxing the financial rules. The deputy commissioner of Ranchi spent Rs 4.6565 crore on the heads of the two. One thousand toffee bags and T-shirts were bought for five lakh children in ten thousand schools. The T-shirt was bought from Kudu Enterprise in Ludhiana and Lalla Enterprise in Jamshedpur.

Questions about sharing one day among five lakh children: The nodal officer of Jharkhand State Education Project Council received the T-shirt and toffee on 14 November 2016. The next day, on the morning of November 15, it was distributed among five million children. Counsel for the petitioner said that the government does not have any equipment to receive the material within one day and distribute it the next morning. Some children have been shown distributing toffees and T-shirts on paper. The court was asked to take action by filing an FIR against the accused in the case.

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