Jharkhand Scholarship Rip-off: State govt makes physical confirmation necessary to prevent abnormalities and embezzlement
After 11 FIRs were filled out the Jharkhand scholarship rip-off, the state federal government has now bought its officers to ‘physically confirm’ all schools and candidates looking for to get scholarships under the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for 2020-21
In a letter dated November 19, and sent out to all Deputy Commissioners, Welfare Secretary Amitabh Kaushal also directed that required actions be taken to recuperate the scholarship paid out to fake beneficiaries in previous years.
A comprehensive examination into the matter had discovered that the scholarship implied to assist trainees of minority neighborhoods, was being siphoned off by a nexus of middlemen, school staff and district officials.
As per the modus operandi, either phony beneficiaries were set up or trainees were deceived into letting them apply on their behalf and pocket a share of the cash.
After the fraud entered into limelight, the state government has actually now stated that physical verification will be required to avoid ‘recurrence of irregularities and embezzlement’.
The current order states, ‘Throughout physical verification, it ought to be explained whether that trainee is from the institute worried and if they are eligible.’
‘ It ought to be also inspected whether the institutes getting hostels have hostel facilities,’ the Well-being Secretary’s letter specified.
Nevertheless the Minority Affairs Ministry, which administers the plan, has actually not mandated a physical verification as of yet.
The Centre had paid out Rs 61 crore to Jharkhand under the pre-Matric plan for 2019-20 More than 2 lakh students applied for it and more than 84,000 got the scholarship.
But The Indian Express tracked numerous applications from 15 schools in six districts and found how several layers of verification, from the school to the state level, failed to spot the rip-off regardless of checks like Aadhaar IDs and finger prints.
Standards for the plan state that applications need to be validated initially by designated nodal officers in schools who are registered with District Welfare Officers. The applications are then checked by the district and state nodal officers prior to being sent to the Minority Affairs Ministry, which verifies and submits them on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) before disbursal through Direct Advantage Transfer (DBT).
However it was found that in several cases, these standards were not followed. Middlemen either persuaded school owners or nodal officers to offer the NSP login IDs and passwords or used phony school letter pads to get them.
Then, they involved banking reporters to open accounts of potential beneficiaries using their Aadhaar cards and fingerprints before using on their behalf with aid from district officials.
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