Bhubaneswar: Complaining against non-presentation of single audit report of the universities in the House for the last 20 years as well as demanding them to be presented soon, the opposition parties, especially the Congress today raised the issue and created ruckus when the Speaker did not give any ruling to the Higher Education Minister immediately.
Later talking to media, Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra said, “There are 29 universities as well as other higher educational institutions in Odisha. Assembly has enacted legislation for setting up these educational institutions. One is Odisha University Act, 1989. Provision is there that the institutions should get there financial status audited every year and the audit report should be presented in the Assembly every year.”
“But it has not yet been presented in the Assembly for the last 20 years. Allegation of corruption is being reported from various institutions. It is being alleged that funds collected are not being spent for the purpose,” he fumed.
He argued, “If the audit report is presented in the Assembly, the real data and information on their activities could be known. The Members of Assembly could also get chance to discuss on it. The State Government could also get an opportunity to know about the veracity of the allegation of corruption. If a university is violating the Act, the State Government could dissolve the management and appoint administrator. Later on, probe could be made.”
“Hence, today we demanded and I requested the Speaker to pass ruling to all the concerned Ministers of the concerned Departments I pointed out today and let them keep their replies. But, the Speaker didn’t pay heed to any of our demands. He replied that he would examine. We protested trooping into the well of the House as didn’t rely on his statement,” the senior Congress legislator remarked.
Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik in his media reactions said, “The universities are not keeping any records of their income and expenditure. The Government hasn’t put a check on them. The Government should fix the amount of admission and donation to be collected. There is a need for apprising the Government of their income and expenditure. It is because the institution has not been established without the permission of the Government.”
He further argued, “The Government should also know about the contributions being made by the public. Whatever names of the institutions Hon’ble Member Narasingha Mishra cited today and the others should submit their audit reports.”
Government Chief Whip Pramila Mallick defended, “The audit reports of the universities have not been presented in the Assembly. Hon’ble Speaker had convened a meeting and it has been decided today that the Higher Education Minister will be called on Monday. Then it will be decided when to summon the Higher Education Secretary and Director to enquire about the audits done or not. If the audits have been done, why the reports haven’t been presented in the House will be also discussed.”
“For the last 20 years, reports have not been presented in the Assembly. Why the reports haven’t been presented in the House will be discussed on Monday,” she stated.