Nagpur: According to a report published in a Local Newspaper, for the first time in the history of Rotary District 3030, the Rotary International has suspended three senior Rotarians who have held high positions in the Rotary ecosystem for next five years till 2022 for alleged misappropriation of funds of e-learning global grants projects of 2015-2016.
The Rotary International has also suspended Rotary District 3030 from all The Rotary Foundation (TRF) related activities till June 30, 2020, thus resulting into non-availability of funds worth crores of rupees in totality to various club units. This may be the bi est action taken by Rotary International against any Rotary district. This decision may adversely affect several projects of the Rotary clubs in its district jurisdiction from Chandrapur to Nashik with nearly 90 dub-units.
Mahesh Mokalkar, District Governor of Rotary District-3030 confirmed the development while talking to newspaper on Tuesday. He said, The three suspended Rotarians are Dr Nikhil Kibe, Past District Governor hailing fom Akola; Vijay Naidu, Past President of Rotary Club of Nagpur and also district Secretary 3030; Dr Madhusudan Sarda, Past President, Rotary Club of Nagpur East.
” We received an e-mail from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, Monday night, regarding suspension of three former office-bearers. Also the district 3030 has been suspended from all TRF-related activities till June 2020. Unfortunately, district and all clubs shall not be able to do any activities under TRF or make global grants till 2020.We are trying to looking for ways to appeal against the ban. We will contact national leadership of Rotary International in India to convince them to release funds for the activities,” said Mokalkar.
The Rotary has returned the entire sum collected from schools in the district, added Mokalckar, who has been tasked with conducting a third-party inspection of funds management Rotary International suspends 3.
It is learnt that the Rotary Club of Nagpur may protest to Rotary Interanational against suspension of its past president Vijay Naidu.
Sources claimed that Rotary District 3030 collected a huge sum of Rs 2.80 crore from 1700 government schools to provide them e-learning kits. Every school contributed Rs 12,000 for obtaining the kit.
The school managements generated funds of Rs 500 each from parents for obtaining the e-learning kit from Rotary District As per Rotary International rules, the club has to contribute 40 percent while 10 percent amount will be shared by the international club and remaining 50% by the Rotary international.
A police case has also been regitered aganist the Rotary bearers in Akola.