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HC notice to TN govt on plea to scrap tenders for hi-tech

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

: The has ordered notice to the government on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition alleging illegalities in two tenders totally worth Rs 520 crore for setting up smart classrooms and information and in government schools in the state.

A Division Bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice P Rajamanickam also directed the school department and the Textbook and Educational Services Corporation to file their response by January 8 to the PIL which sought to quash the tender procecss.

According to petitioner Periasamy Pachamuthu Perama, the two tenders had been floated - one for smart classrooms in 3,000 primary and middle schools in rural areas and the other for hi-tech labs in 3,090 high schools and 2,939 higher secondary schools.

He alleged that the tenders were finalised by the authorities without involving the specific committees formed to govern the tenders.

Though there were guidelines issued by the Central Vigilance Commission with regard to preparation of the tender condition, the norms were not followed, he claimed.

The petitioner wanted the court to stay the operation of the tender notification till final disposal of the plea.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 20:50 IST