BJP alleges huge scam in OKCL, demands CBI probe

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Tuesday demanded CBI probe into the huge scam in the Odisha Knowledge Corporation Limited (OKCL).

Briefing newsmen here, BJP leader Samir Mohanty said though the Centre had sanctioned Rs 200 crore to OKCL under Rashtriya Madhyamika Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the latter has misutilised the fund.

“Since the Centre had sanctioned the fund under RMSA, the Corporation should have been under the School and Mass Education department. But the state government decided to hand over the Corporation management to the Higher Education department. We want a clarification as to why a joint venture was made to authorise the Computer Application Centre (CAC) to issue certificates, why the joint venture was cancelled later and why the OKCL had outsourced its work amounting to Rs 177 crore to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS). We also demand a CBI probe into the matter,” Mohanty said.

Urging the chief minister to give details about the utilisation of Central fund given to the OKCL he said “This is one of the glaring instances of gross misultilisation and embezzlement of Central fund by the state government which always takes the plea of Central apathy.”

However, there were no comments either by any official of the Higher Education department or any BJD leader on this issue, reports said.

It may be recalled that the OKCL was established in 2011 as a joint venture promoted by the state Higher Education department and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, Pune to create new paradigm in education and development through universalization and integration of Information Technology (IT) in teaching, learning and educational management processes in particular and socio-economic transformative processes in general.

OKCL launched its flagship IT Literacy course: ‘Odisha State-Certificate in Information Technology’ in 2011. The Corporation, at present, has 200 Authorized Learning Centres (ALCs) that offer various courses and examination preparation series to ambitious learners.