4 former social welfare department officers slapped with notice in scholarship scam
After tightening its noose on those who ran the college which has been under the scanner of the investigation, the special investigation team (SIT) has now trained its focus on four former officials of social welfare department in connection with the SC/ ST scholarship scam.
The team has questioned the four, including then nodal officer, for recording their statements on Friday. It is learnt that the former officers would have to present themselves before the SIT team on March 9 and explain their role in the scam. Finger of suspicion was raised against them with questions asked over their passive role on funds being siphoned off by the college functionaries. Based on the questioning on Saturday, the investigation team would submit its report, said sources privy to the probe team. As the probe moves on, the heat is increasingly being felt by the private colleges as to the utilisation of their funds.
The four former officials of the social welfare department who have come under the radar of the SIT are then deputy director and nodal officer Sail Anurag Shankhdhar, then social welfare officer Haridwar Munish Tyagi and then social welfare officers Khanpur Vinod Kumar Naithani and Bhagwanpur Somprakash. These officials have been slapped with the notice by SIT for questioning in Roshanabad office on Saturday.
Notably, the college under the SIT probe had come up in 2005 on the banks of Gang nehar. It could not be run properly, but those who ran the college had allegedly siphoned off several crores of rupees through the scholarship funds collected from the social welfare department by submitting a fake list of the students. It was leant that the former Manglaur legislator’s brother Nooruddin and his partners had closed down the institution in 2014 due to its non- accreditation by the education council. However, the scholarship amount had continued to be collected despite the closure of the college and its website.
The college had received the scholarship for the students from 2012 to 2015 while the students had stopped coming to the college in 2011 itself. At one point of time, there were just 50 students studying in the college. The SIT team probing into the scam worth Rs 2.5 crore had arrested five people – including Qazi Nooruddin, Pradip Agarwal and Sanjay Bansal, Ankur Sharma and Om Tyagi. While Qazi Nooruddin is the younger brother of Manglaur Congress MLA Qazi Nizammudin Pradip Agarwal is the son of a reputed businessman from Manglaur and Sanjay Bansal is a resident of Dehradun.
Two cases of using unfair means registered in U’khand board so far
Just two cases of using unfair means in the ongoing examination of Uttarakhand Vidhyalayi Shiksha Parishad (UVSP) have been reported till date. The board examinations of class X and XII which started on March 1 would conclude on March 26.
The secretary UVSP Neeta Tiwari said while talking to The Pioneer on Friday that just two students have been so far caught using unfair means in this examination this year. One of them is from Udham Singh Nagar district while the other is from Almora district.
She further informed that both the students had been apprehended using unfair means in the Physics question paper of class XII.
On the less number of students caught for using unfair means this year, she said that it shows the efficacy of the strict vigil being maintained by the officials deployed to oversee the board examination. “It also shows that the students are working hard and they are not inclined to use unfair means to clear the examinations,’’ she said.
Tiwari added that many flying squads are keeping a strict vigil on the examination centres and the cheaters are being dealt with an iron hand.
UVSP secretary added that the examination would end on March 26 and the process of evaluation of the answer sheets of the students would start thereafter.
UVSP is expected to deploy more than 7000 teachers in the process of evaluation of the answer sheets. The board has set up 30 evaluation centres across the state. The board has also made strict security arrangements around these evaluation centres and vigil would be maintained during the transport of these sheets to the centres.
A total of 149737 candidates are registered for High School (Class X) examination of the board while 124183 candidates have been registered for Inter (Class XII) examination of the board. The board has set up 1313 examination centres for conducting the examination out of which 231 centres are marked sensitive and 27 hyper sensitive. To prevent the unfair practices in the examination, three flying squads at the state level have been constituted. The squads are being headed by the director Education, additional director Secondary education and AD Primary Education respectively. Besides, the flying squads at the level of the division and the district have also been set up. UVSP has banned the use of mobile phones in the campus of the examination centres. The board officials are hopeful that the students would perform better this year and the pass percentage would improve like last year.
Saturday, 09 March 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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