cag: NCSC seeks CAG probe into scholarship disbursal in Punjab

The Nationwide Fee for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has sought a probe through Comptroller and Auditor Common (CAG) into alleged irregularities in disbursal of post-matric scholarships for Scheduled Caste scholars in Punjab.

NCSC has written to CAG recommending a probe into what the fee has termed as a “multi-crore scholarship rip-off”. Chatting with ET, NCSC chairman Vijay Sampla stated, “We’ve got written to CAG to analyze this rip-off which allegedly comes to crores of central govt’s cash intended for meritorious SC scholars being siphoned off.

In step with our estimates about 2 lakh SC scholars in Punjab have dropped out during the last two years because of non-payment of scholarship quantity through the state govt.” Sampla stated there have been as regards to 3 lakh SC scholars who benefitted from the submit matrix scholarship scheme in Punjab in 2017 however this quantity has dwindled to 1-1.25 lakh in 2020.

The alleged irregularities within the disbursal of submit matric scholarships had come to mild in 2020 when Punjab further leader secretary (social justice) Kirpa Shankar Saroj had given a damning document towards the then minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who was once in Capain Amarinder Singh’s Cupboard.

Saroj had identified that the dept had long gone towards set govt insurance policies to profit positive instructional establishments and siphoned of cash intended to be dispensed to SC scholars. The document had red-flagged bills made via exams as an alternative of RTGS, floating of top court docket order which had directed preventing fee to an establishment and fee to non-public technical schools once they had crores of dues pending inflicting a loss to the Exchequer.

The document had identified that information touching on ’39 crore have been lacking. Congress govt had ordered a probe through leader secretary Vini Mahajan within the submit matrix scholarship rip-off. Then again, Mahajan didn’t in finding any wrongdoing on a part of Dharamsot, who’s lately in judicial custody on fees of unlawful felling of bushes. The siphoning off of budget had grow to be a significant election factor within the run as much as the Meeting polls previous this 12 months.

Sampla stated, “We’ve got sought a answer from the Punjab govt additionally. However now we have now beneficial a radical probe through CAG.”

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