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Officials eat up scholorship worth Crores meant for ST, SC students

Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU, Mar 6: After the infamous scam of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University scholarship, another scam involving scholarship worth crores money of for ST, SC, Pahari and other students besides uniforms and construction of additional  rooms and boundary walls etc has come to light in Balakote Zone of Mendhar in district Poonch.

While the Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajouri Poonch Range has directed the SDPO Mendhar Shahid Nahim to hold inquiry into the matter, the Director School Education (DSE) has initiated yet another inquiry headed by an officer of the  rank Joint Director.

Reports revealed that from last three years the students of 85 Govt Primary Schools, 37 Middle Schools, eight (8) Govt High Schools and two Govt Higher Secondary Schools under Balakote Zone of Poonch are without scholarships. Despite the fact that this amount was released every year by the Directorate of State School Education Department in favour of ST/SC/ OBC/ Pahari and other meritorious students of Balakote zone.

Some villagers including Sarpanchs brought the matter to the notice of DIG Rajouri Poonch recently, after several representations to concerned ZEO of DyCEO went to the deaf ears. No departmental action was taken by senior Education officers in this regard.

Not only this, an amount of Rs 19 lakh was provided for the uniforms of the poor students but hardly Rs 8 lakh money was utilized and uniforms of highly sub-standard clothes were provided to the students. Moreover, Rs 47 lakhs provided for the compound walls in the schools was also in a bad condition.

Instead of JEs or AEs, non-technical staff members like headmasters/ ZEPO have been made the members of the Technical Committees to monitor the construction.

Mr Nahim said that he has recorded the statements of many persons including heads of these schools, Panchayat members, students and their parents as well and it has been detected that scholarships worth lakhs was not disbursed even after 2007 in many schools of the area.