SP or BSP, Ponty Chadha is the favoured one


HOWEVER, ICDS Director Shambhu Nath has denied allegations of violation of the Supreme Court’s directions in awarding the 2012 contract. “The bid document has been prepared in the light of the 2004 SC judgment and approval has been obtained from the Law department,” he says. “Fresh guidelines issued by the Centre in 2012 have also been incorporated.” Nath, however, admitted that the condition requiring Rs 25 crore turnover of the manufacturing firm” is neither included in the SC judgment nor in the guidelines issued by the Centre. “This condition has been added by the UP government and the department has to comply with it,” he concludes.

The Rs 25 crore turnover condition has effectively ruled out all self-help groups

Samajwadi Party leader and Lucknow MLA Sharda Pratap Shukla has written to CM Akhilesh Yadav, demanding an inquiry by either the CBI or the Economic Offences Wing of the UP Police, into the nutrition procurement procedure. “I have written to the CM to prevent a scam in the supply of nutritional food or else the government exchequer could suffer a huge loss, which might ultimately be a scam bigger than the NRHM,” says Shukla.

Virendra Nath Bhatt is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.


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