Ranchi: The state government today admitted that poor quality of smartphones have been supplied to the social welfare department
for which it has also apprised the Government of India and has also written to the supplier to replace the bad mobiles failing to which
the company will face legal action.
A question in this regard was raised by Pradeep Yadav of the JVM(P) who sought to know whether two years ago 5400 smartphones were purchased at Rs 3 crore which was meant to be distributed among the Anganwadi centres in the state but the majority of them were non-functional and were in poor quality.
Replying over the issue Social Welfare Minister Louis Marandi said that these mobiles were supplied to the department by the Union Women and Child Development Ministry and were meant to be distributed in the Anganwadi centres to keep a tab on their day to day activities. However, she admitted that most of these mobile phones were of bad quality for which the department has written to the company which has supplied the mobiles asking it to replace them or the company would be debarred from supplying them.
The Minister said that the company has been asked to stop the supply and any further purchase will be made through E-tendering at the state level and that they would be distributed among the Anganwadi centres, she said over which Mr Yadav demanded that recovery of money should be made from the company which has supplied the smartphones and an FIR should be also registered against them. He said that the government has admitted that the mobiles were distributed two years ago and in six months time the technology becomes old and alleged that the company it appears has entered into ‘some kind of adjustment’ with the government.
Ms Marandi pointed that the order of supply of these mobiles was given by Government of India and not the state government, therefore, the department can only write to the central government apprising them the situation.
Joining in the issue Speaker Dinesh Oraon pointed that it is the working style of the officials of the state and that when even some questions are raised they take some step forward in solving them. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda said that state government has written to the centre to take action against the company within 10 days and pointed that had the opposition allowed previous 5-6 sessions to function many problems would have been solved.
BJP MLA Radha Krishna Kishore also demanded that not only letter should be written to the government but entire money should be recovered from the supplier. Urban Development Minister C P Singh too assured the house that things would move as per the rule and the government would take action against all those who would be responsible for this. After which Speaker Dinesh Oraon directed that the Chief Secretary to probe the entire matter and give a report within a week.