Deloitte under lens in Maharashtra

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 25, 2019 Published on June 25, 2019

Opposition leader questions State govt on ₹15-cr contract to the consultant

Global consulting and advisory firm Deloitte came under scrutiny in the Upper House of the Maharashtra Legislature as the leader of the Opposition Dhananjay Munde asked the Fadnavis government to explain the award of a ₹15-crore contract to the firm facing allegations of serious misconduct in the IL&FS case.

Raising the issue on the floor of the House, Munde said that in the IL&FS case where ₹91,000 crore has been misappropriated, SEBI has cast aspersions on Deloitte but the same firm has been given a ₹15-crore contract by the State Information Technology (IT) Department.

He alleged that under the guise of online connectivity and IT, the State government was indulging in corrupt practices. The State government under its Mahanet initiative wants to connect all the office of gram panchayats, taluka and district level offices with Wi-Fi. For this project, one of the advisory firms is Deloitte.

He pointed out that the consultants working in the firm are drawing an honorarium of ₹3.56-3.06 lakh per month, while the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra was drawing a salary of ₹1.30 lakh and Municipal Commissioners were drawing ₹1.20 lakh. What priceless advise do these consultants provide to the State government? Munde asked.

He said that all such consulting companies, which have been appointed for the State IT Department have a controversial background. Websites and portals developed by the companies are either offline or have been stuck in some trouble.

Published on June 25, 2019
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