Agartala, July 29: A public sector undertaking (PSU) of the Tripura government has been virtually blacklisted and threatened with cancellation of funding by the Union women and child development ministry.
The ministry has also demanded repayment of Rs 2.73 crore of grant-in aid given for a project to empower women, for non-utilisation.
The under secretary of the ministry, A.M. Kumar, addressed a letter to the Tripura Apex Weavers’ Co-operative Society on May 21 and communicated the steps taken.
“The ministry (women and child welfare) has decided to close the project of your organisation and debar your organisation from receiving any further grant-in- id from government (of India). The recovery process will also be initiated against your organisation,” Kumar’s letter said.
A copy of the letter was also sent to the nodal department of the state government, social welfare and social education, but the department has maintained a discreet silence on the issue.
Though no official in the department of social welfare and social education and the Society agreed to go on record, a senior official of the Society said the Union ministry of women and child development had implemented a number of welfare schemes through the state government-sponsored PSUs and NGOs.
In 1997, the ministry had sanctioned a project titled “Support to training and employment programme” for women in favour of TAWCS. The Society had applied for a scheme for training of 4,200 women in silk industry and providing them with guaranteed employment. Of Rs 3.35 crore for the project, the ministry by instalments sanctioned up to Rs 2.73 crore, but no utilisation certificates with names of beneficiaries and other details were furnished .
to the Union ministry as required by the implementation protocol.
The ministry had sent repeated letters and communications seeking all details, including utilisation certificates for different phases of work completed, but no reply was furnished.
Having received no reply from the Society, the ministry of women and child development had issued a showcause notice to the Society on September 18 last year asking for a reply within 30 days as to why further sanction of grant-in aid for the Society should not be stopped and why a recovery process should not be initiated.