State govt or­ders probe into bi­cy­cle pur­chase scam

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Bengaluru: The state gov­ern­ment has or­dered a probe into the bi­cy­cle pur­chase scam. The De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­struc­tion (DPI) has been in­structed to hold a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the bi­cy­cle pur­chases made since 2008 un­der the Sarva Shik­sha Ab­hiyan.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­i­ties, ev­ery year, around 9 lakh bi­cy­cles were bought since the year 2008 as a part of the in­cen­tive ex­tended to re­tain stu­dents es­pe­cially from the weaker sec­tions of so­ci­ety. There was an al­le­ga­tion that rampant cor­rup­tion pre­vailed when it came to iden­ti­fy­ing the ben­e­fi­cia­ries and fi­nal­is­ing the ven­dors. The main al­le­ga­tions made were that bi­cy­cles were bought at an in­flated price and fake stu­dents’ doc­u­ments were cre­ated to gen­er­ate fake or­ders for the cy­cles which were later sold in the open mar­ket.

“This de­ci­sion is ex­pected to create prob­lems for a few BJP lead­ers and the Congress,” said sources privy to the de­vel­op­ments.

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