Six Punjab officers might face harsh penalty in scholarship rip-off
Chandigarh, September 23
The Division of Social Justice and Empowerment has proposed a harsh punishment towards six of its officers in reference to the 2020 multi-crore rip-off within the disbursal of SC post-matric scholarship funds to non-public academic establishments.
In an inquiry, the officers have been discovered responsible of inflicting a monetary loss to the state authorities.
One other fraud, probe pending
The Vigilance Bureau is but to start an investigation into the wrongful disbursal of Rs 303 crore meant for SC scholarship in 2019. That is so as a result of the Division of Social Justice Empowerment remains to be to supply the VB with the case particulars. The probe has been marked by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Undue advantages to pvt establishments
- In an inquiry, six officers of the Division of Social Justice and Empowerment have been discovered responsible of inflicting a loss to the exchequer
- The file that requires motion towards them is pending with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Baljeet Kaur
- Sources stated the inquiry report identified undue advantages got to sure non-public establishments
The file that requires motion towards them is pending with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Baljeet Kaur.
She couldn’t be contacted regardless of repeated makes an attempt.
Sources stated the inquiry report lately submitted by former Further District and Classes Choose BR Bansal identified that directions of then Chief Minister after which Principal Secretary of the division for the disbursal of scholarship funds to SC college students have been ignored and undue advantages got to sure non-public establishments.
The inquiry was performed towards the six officers — Parminder Singh Gill, Deputy Director; Charanjit Singh, Deputy Controller; Mukesh Bhatia, Part Officer; Rajinder Chopra, Superintendent; and Rakesh Arora and Baldev Singh, each senior assistants — after the division served chargesheets on them in 2020 following an investigation.
Inquiry officer Bansal famous that as an alternative of taking motion towards erring academic establishments, undue monetary advantages operating into crores of rupees have been prolonged to them.
As an alternative of taking approval from the Finance Division for a re-audit of 14 establishments, the erring officers added the names of different establishments to increase undue advantages to them.
It has additionally been identified that Rs 16.91 crore was disbursed to 9 establishments with out the Finance Division’s approval.
Former Further Chief Secretary (Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities) Kirpa Shankar Saroj had initially submitted a report back to then Chief Secretary on August 2020 relating to irregularities within the disbursal of funds. The inquiry officer has identified that “noting pages” recorded by then Further Chief Secretary have been discovered lacking from the report.