ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Stationery transactions transparent'

Purchase of stationery material for Andhra University was transparent and was through Government-run agencies, said Registrar P.V.G.D. Prasada Reddy here on Wednesday.

By switching to the government agencies like the National Cooperative Consumers Federation of India, the Kendriya Bhandar and the Super Bazaar (the Visakhapatnam Cooperative Central Stores) a lot of money had been saved and the delivery of material was prompt, Prof. Prasada Reddy said at a press conference.

As much as Rs. 1.02 crores had been saved out of the budgeted sum of Rs. 1.60 crores for 2009-10 after the purchases were made through government agencies and a large supplier of computer stationary to the PSUs in this region. A sum of Rs. 54.51 lakhs had been saved during 2008-09. This was after removing a private person who was supplying material through his two shops, the Ushodaya Enterprises and the Gouthami Books and Stationery. AU had paid in excess Rs. 27.73 lakhs during 2007-08 and Rs. 52.47 lakhs during 2005-6 and its savings were less in the previous years when the private supplier was supplying the material.

The Registrar said that he noticed high amount being paid to the supplier Y. Venkateswara Rao as soon as he took charge in July 2008 and stopped payment for nearly Rs. 28 lakhs. On verification, done by a team formed by him, it was found that the material for which the sum was intended, was already available with the administrative wing that looks after stationary purchase. From then on he stopped this private person from supplying to the university. (It may be recalled that Mr Venkateswara Rao along with M. Syam Prasad of Human Rights Council were arrested for allegedly bringing out a poster accusing Prof. Reddy of illegally gaining money in purchase of stationary material). The officials who worked in the section that deals with stationary purchase, who were present at the press conference, alleged that Mr. Venkateswara Rao had a free run and would demand passing of bills for high amountsThe Registrar said Vice-Chancellor B. Satyanarayana supported him a lot in this issue as he was trying to set the system right.

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