Guwahati Today

AMTRON MD says APW allegations have no basis

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 19: AMTRON MD Dinesh Shankar Pegu has said that the allegations brought against AMTRON by APW president Abhijit Sarma are baseless and motivated with bested interests.

Talking to newsmen here today, Pegu said: “The Anundoram Barooah Award Scheme for meritorious students of the State is being run in accordance with the directive of State Secondary Education. Suppliers of laptops are selected through e-tendering, and giving primary tips on computer education to the recipient students is mandatory for the agency that gets the contract for the supply of laptops. The APW alleges that there were anomalies in fiscal 2014-15 and 2015-16. This allegation is baseless as in 2014-15 40,983 students got laptops, Rs 1,038 for each of the students was fixed for distribution and training. This was done through an open tendering process.”

Pegu further said: “The APW has further alleged that in fiscal 2015-16 as many as 53,148 students got laptops, and Rs 1,140 was spent on each of the students for distribution and training, spending a total amount of Rs 6,05,88,720 on this head. Though the amount fixed for distribution and training was Rs 1,140 a student through e-tendering, the government granted only Rs 399 per student. The supply agency got at the rate of Rs 399 a student.”

Reacting to Sarma’s appeal to AMTRON to me at least 1,000 students who got training under this scheme, Pegu said: “We’re ready to give the entire lists of students and their mobile numbers who got such training in the past two years. In accordance with the directive of the government, a committee with the DC as its chairman is formed in each district of the State for the distribution and training. Had there been any malpractices, complaints could have come. We haven’t received any such complaints.”

Rejecting to the APW’s allegation that in fiscal 2014-15 and 2015-16 the order for distribution and training was given to G-NET INFOTECH, Pegu said: “The order was given to HP and Ricoh through open tendering in  2014-15 and to Lenovo and HP in 2015-16. Thus the allegation of G-NET INFOTECH looting the amount has no basis. If a company outsources the work after getting the contract from AMTRON, we’ve noting to say on that score.”

As a reply to APW questioning the IT knowledge of AMTRON MD, Pegu gave his CV and career highlights that speak volumes of his IT knowledge to the media.