NEW DELHI: The JNU Students’ Union has claimed that the JNU administration has repeatedly either rejected, given false replies or stalled RTI queries regarding the source of fund, cost of construction, and other details of a Vivekananda statue that is coming up at the varsity.
JNUSU president N Sai Balaji had filed RTIs seeking details such as total cost of construction of the statue at the Administrative block, source of the funds and the procedure followed to apply and receive money for the project.
Other queries include whether the JNU administration had sought permission from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for felling trees at the site where the statue is to come up.
The decision to install the Vivekananda’s statue was taken last year in an executive council meeting. Back then, the JNU administration had claimed that the funding was being done by a former student.
In its reply to an RTI query posted by the JNU Students’ Union, the university mentioned that “no JNU funds are being used” for construction of the statue.
“In numerous RTI’s JNU admin especially Engineering Department has replied saying they don’t have any information about the construction of statue. They have replied they don’t know where the money has come from and how much it is costing,” the JNUSU said.