Friday, January 24, 2014

10 officials of Education dept suspended for ‘irregularities’

10 officials of Education dept suspended for ‘irregularities’

Inquiry Reveals Employment Of Minors, Misappropriation Of Funds


Srinagar, Jan 8: A state government inquiry has revealed large scale irregularities ranging from employing minors to issuing appointment orders on fake certificates and misappropriation of funds in construction of school buildings in the School Education Department.
Following the revelations, the department has ordered explanation against Chief Education Officer (CEO) Budgam and suspended 10 officials including three former Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) of Beerwah and is probing the role of former Deputy Director and other senior official in the Directorate in the scam.
The inquiry was ordered by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, after complaints about the scam were received by him. The inquiry carried out by Divisional Commissioner revealed that officers of the department indulged in “criminal conspiracy’’ and resorted to irregularities in engagement of ReT teachers, regularization of general line teachers and misuse of funds under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The action against officials including CEO Budgam was ordered recently.
Documents reveal that CM had received complaints that a “group of officials of Education department were involved in fraudulent appointments’’ in Budgam district.
Director School Education Kashmir, Mir Tariq Ali, said government has taken stringent action against the officials. “We have asked the CEO Budgam to explain his position over the issue. We have also suspended 10 officials including three ZEOs and some officials in clerical staff.”
Sources said there is also involvement of senior officials including a former Deputy Director and an official in the monitoring and evaluation wing in the Directorate of Education in the scam.
The state inquiry has found that some RET teachers were employed on fake documents and were even later regularised at Beerwah in Budgam. The report found officials regularized 110 contingent paid workers (CPWs) as Class-IV employees including 14 candidates who were minors falling in the age group of seven to 14 years.”
Sources said appointment of three to four teachers has been done on fake documents which were never issued by the State Board of School Education. The inquiry revealed irregularities in execution of civil works under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in zone Hardpanzoo, Beerwah and misutilisation to the tune of Rs 5.29 lakh by former ZEO Beerwah. The government investigation further found irregularities in appointment of staff at a school in Beerwah opened under the KGBV scheme. The members of families who offered house and land to run the school were provided jobs and the school was run from a rented accommodation after which government acquired land to start it.
“The ZEO Hardpanzoo has managed creation of one school in village Nandpora and has appointed blue-eyed boys as RETs but presently only one school is functioning in the said village,’’ reads the report.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:00:00 IST

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