PUNE: The Managing Council of Shikshan Prasarak Mandali (SPM) that was elected last year has appointed statutory auditors to complete the audit and bring about transparency in the organisation’s activities.
SK Jain, Chairman of the Managing Council of SPM, stated that the audit from the year 2008 to 2015 would be completed within the next month or so.
At the same time, the council is trying to resolve the mismanagement issues created when the old council was functional, he said.
“As the rosters for the posts of the teaching staff at Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College, Pune, and Ruia College and RA Podar College in Mumbai were not submitted, the organisation had to bear the expenses of the salaries of the teaching staff at the three institutes which constituted around Rs 5 crore per year. Now, after roster registration, we have brought this down successfully,” said Jain.
He added that the previous council had appointed a staff of 90 peons, which is much more than needed at the college.
“Despite having 90 peons with not much work to do, and minimal salaries, the organisation kept outsourcing the housekeeping work, thus spending a huge amount of Rs 60 lakh per year. We have stopped all this now. We have requested the peons to carry out the housekeeping work, whatever is comfortable for them, and we have directed that money towards the peons’ salaries,” Jain said.
He added, “The roster submission for the non-teaching staff is under process, and until then, we have given a temporary raise of 15 per cent to the peons. All these peons would not be absorbed by the government payroll, so whoever is left, SPM will bear the expenses of their salaries.”