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Thursday , January 3 , 2013
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Gour Banga under security contract scanner
- Security agency link to Trinamul youth leader in Malda

Malda, Jan. 2: Allegation have surfaced against Gour Banga University of terminating the contract of a security agency and appointing a new one without calling tenders.

The new agency appointed to guard the campus, Ma Manaskamana Security Guards, is run by two persons — Kaushik Das and Subhanjan Goswami — both of whom are believed to be close to Biswajit Roy, a Trinamul youth wing leader in Englishbazar. But Roy’s name does not figure as an owner of the agency.

According to university sources, since the establishment of the institution in 2008, Bengal Security Guards Service — a private agency — was in charge of looking after the security on the varsity premises. The varsity’s contract said the agency would provide 31 security guards. The agreement, the sources said, was to end on December 2013.

“However, on December 31, 2012, the varsity registrar-in-charge, Madhab Chandra Adhikari, issued a letter to us, mentioning that they were ending the contract. We were told to submit our pending bills and that we were not to take care of the security of the institution,” said Sunil Das, who owns the agency.

“No notice in advance was issued to us, just a three-line letter was sent to terminate our contract. We have decided to move to court against this move of the university,” said Das.

Biswajit Roy, the general secretary of the Englishbazar block Youth Trinamul Congress, asked about his association with Ma Manaskamana Security Guards, said he knew nothing about the agency.

“I am not connected to the agency in any way. However, regarding the other agency, which was managing security on the varsity premises, we can say that the owner deprived the employees. Even as the university was paying Rs 3,500 per guard as monthly salary, they were getting only Rs 2,100,” said Roy.

Trinamul state tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury said he had heard of “certain alleged discrepancies in the appointment of the new security agency at the varsity” and had “asked the vice-chancellor to submit a report”.

“It was not possible to go through procedures like issuing tenders to appoint a new agency as we felt it would be wrong to keep the varsity without security. However, the new agency has been appointed for an interim period of six months and afterwards, if its services are found dissatisfactory, the contract might be terminated. I have no information that the agency is run by a local Trinamul leader,” said vice-chancellor Achinta Biswas.