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Funds doubt in college

Malda, Feb. 16: The governing body of Malda College has convened a meeting on February 18 to discuss allegations of misappropriation of development funds of Rs 5 lakh after the newly-formed Trinamul Congress Chattra Parishad union brought the charges against the former teacher in-charge.

The TMCP alleged that although the records show Rs 3.8 lakh was used to re-excavate a 20-bigha pond on the campus and Rs 40,000 was spent on saplings, no work was done. A digital projector worth Rs 80,000 was missing. Soumen Adhikary, general secretary of the union, said: “In 2013, Rs 3.8 lakh was withdrawn to re-excavate the pond and Rs 40,000 was used to buy saplings. We have found no evidence of the pond being re-excavated or saplings planted. A US-made projector bought for Rs 80,000 is missing. All this happened when Provash Chowdhury, who teaches political science, was teacher-in-charge.”

The TMCP wrested the union from the SFI uncontested in all 24 seats.

Asim Sarkar, who took over as the teacher in-charge in September, said: “We have found no files on the pond and the sapling projects. There is no register that was maintained on the use of the projector.”

Debopriya Saha, government nominee to the governing body, said: “We have summoned the former teacher in-charge to the meeting. If he does not give satisfactory answer, we will file an FIR against him and anyone else we suspect to be involved in the scam.”

Chowdhury said all rules had been followed. “I cannot help if the saplings did not survive. I was the in-charge from February 1, 2013 for seven months. The projector was bought before that.”