Dhumal denies wrong doing in Atal uniform scheme
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 18:24
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh chief minister P K Dhumal on Wednesday strongly denied any irregularities in implementation of Atal Uniform scheme for school children and asserted that the entire process for procurement of dresses was transparent.

Intervening in the reply to a question regarding "irregularities" in implementation of the Rs 60 crore scheme, he said that there was no question of compromising with the quality of the cloth and favouring any supplier and in case any member had any complaints about the quality of the cloth or any irregularity in the tendering process, he can file a complaint.

"The scheme has been named after our revered leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee and apprehensions about any corruption are totally misplaced", he asserted.

Rejecting the demand of Kaul Singh Thakur (Congress) to make cash payment to the parents of the students to avoid any controversy and said that the motive behind supplying free uniform was to bring uniformity and end discrimination among the students coming from different socio-economic background.

He said that the government had also launched the Atal Bijili Bachat Yojana and supplied free CFL bulbs that helped in saving electricity worth Rs 110 crore.

However, Kaul Singh alleged that substandard CFL bulbs were supplied under the scheme which did not last the full guarantee period.

Urging members to refrain from making unnecessary criticism of the scheme, he assured that 124 samples would be taken from the selected firm to check the quality of cloth.


First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 18:24

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