Maha Edu Minister in trouble over contract mismanagement

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Mumbai: Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde is in the eye of a fresh controversy. The state’s finance department has raised objections to a contract awarded by him for purchasing fire extinguishers for Zila Parishad schools.

The state finance department has sought a detailed probe in Tawde’s school Education department which allegedly gave a Rs 191 crore contract purchasing fire extinguishers without issuing an e-tender.

Tawde’s department on February 11, 2015 had issued a government resolution which authorized the office of Education Director to enter a rate contract to supply the fire extinguishers. Each school was to be provided with three fire extinguishers at the rate of Rs 8,321 each.

The contract which was put on hold since the finance department objected to it after it was cleared by Tawde.

Rubbishing all the allegations against him, Tawde said, “I have not given a single rupee to any contractor. The finance department has raised objections and we are clarifying to them on the issue.”

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