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Students Union's RTI on JNU Vivekanand statue draws a blank

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The (JNU), which has been insisting on attributing the source of money for a Swami Vivekanand statue on its campus to an unknown benefactor, has chosen to be vague again on the question of its funding.

In its reply to a RTI query posted by the Students' Union on January 2, the university deemed it sufficient to say that "no funds are being used" for the statue's construction.

The students' union had sought the details of the amount allocated for the construction of the statue and the source of that money in two separate RTIs.

To its second RTI, it received a similar reply from the on January 23, which said that the matter did not pertain to it.

Taking exception to the opacity, the union accused the authorities of wasting the money meant for academic purposes on the statue.

"It is ironical as any construction in that takes place is done by the This construction has been on for over two months, and yet neither the nor JNU's other departments have any answer to the RTIs.

"(It) shows their culpability in illegality, both in the construction as well as in the channelling of money meant for academic purposes to other things," the union said.

The decision to install was taken last year in an council meeting, and the varsity had then claimed that it was being funded by a former student "who is voluntarily managing all the expenses involved in making and installation of the statue".

had then told IANS that the university is not spending any money on the statue, which is to be installed near the administrative block.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 15:54 IST
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