Pankaja Munde gets clean chit in ‘chikki scam’

Written by | December 21, 2016 | 0

Mumbai: The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday closed its investigation and gave a clean chit to Maharashtra Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare, Pankaja Munde in chikki scam worth Rs 206 crore.

Munde, during her tenure as Maharashtra women and child development minister had allegedly cleared purchase of chikki, mats and books for Rs 206 crore without floating tenders for the same. As per rules, any government purchase above Rs 3 lakh has to be done through e-tendering.

As soon as the scam came into limelight, the Maharashtra government formed a high-level committee. The committee which was set up in November 2015, included Chief Secretary (of government), Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) and Principal Secretary (Industries). This committee formed was asked to go into purchases of various commodities, including chikki, made by departments on ‘rate contract’ basis in the last 15 years.

The Bombay High Court began its final hearing on a petition alleging supply of sub-standard chiki (snack) in schools run by the Maharashtra government. The petition alleged that mud and clay particles were found in chikki supplied to students in state-run schools.

Congress lawmaker, Sharad Ranpise earlier had moved a breach of privilege motion against Munde, accusing her of flouting rules of business. Ranpise  was quoted saying by NDTV , “The Governor in his first address… had mentioned that e-tendering will be made mandatory for all purchases, which was approved by the state cabinet… By approving Rs. 206 crore-worth items, Munde has flouted the rules of business.”

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