Has COVID-19 not affected KSOU?: Purchase of luxury cars at a cost of Rs. 85 lakh attracts severe opposition

Mysuru, October 22, 2021 (www.justkannada.in): The Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) is under fire again for spending unnecessarily on purchasing a luxury car, costing around Rs. 85 lakh, in a situation when everyone is facing difficulty due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The information accrued through RTI has been forwarded to the Hon’ble Governor and Chief Minister.
Addressing a press meet today, K.S. Shivaramu, President, Karnataka State Backward Castes Awareness Forum said, “The KSOU has purchased three new luxury Toyota Innova cars at a cost of a whopping Rs. 85 lakh, despite there being already three cars for the Vice-Chancellor’s use. The purchase has been made amending the decision of the finance committee and the Board of Management.”
Further, he alleged that several other works including repairing of the government school compound, renewal, and supplying of furniture have also been undertaken at a cost of Rs. 895 lakh, giving prominence to the political interest of a few Board members and self-interest.
“The admission fee has increased by 35% to 50% and above all this, several other fees like Silver Jubilee fee, Admission Process Fee, Development Fee, Alumni Fee have been made compulsory, burdening the students who are already facing deep financial trouble due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” he added.
He demanded the governor and the State Government to take necessary action against the Vice-Chancellor of KSOU and statutory officers who are misusing the funds.
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