Mumbai : The state government will lodge an inquiry into the alleged scam keeping the SAP system at the Pune office of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research (Balbharati) idle, education minister Vinod Tawde told the legislative council on Monday.
He also said that the government is rapidly adapting to the new technology and has decided to make books available henceforth over a new web portal, ebookbharati.in.
“The SAP system was purchased during the tenure of the then education minister in 2008 to bring transparency in day-to-day activities of the Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research. Due to the stubbornness of some of the employee unions, the system is lying idle. But, the government will lodge a primary departmental inquiry of the officials involved in the case,” Tawde informed the house while replying to question raised by Adv. Jaidev Gaikwad.
Though the system purchased at the cost of Rs 10 crore from M/s Androyd Infotect has been lying idle, the state government has taken several initiatives to bring transparency into the activities of the board, Tawde said.
The department is rapidly adapting to the new technology and web-based, SAP-enabled systems are being used for several activities, including the timely distribution of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) books, Tawde said.
He also said that the e-book versions of all text books are available on the Balbharati portal and, by the next financial year, payment gateways for the online purchase of the books, too, would be activated so that the facility is provided to everyone.