NCSC seeks CAG probe into scholarship disbursal in Punjab

The National Price for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has sought a probe by Comptroller and Auditor Habitual (CAG) into alleged irregularities in disbursal of post-matric scholarships for Scheduled Caste college students in Punjab.

NCSC has written to CAG recommending a probe into what the cost has termed as a “multi-crore scholarship rip-off”. Speaking to ET, NCSC chairman Vijay Sampla said, “We earn written to CAG to analyze this rip-off which allegedly contains crores of central govt’s cash intended for meritorious SC college students being siphoned off.

Basically based totally totally on our estimates about 2 lakh SC college college students in Punjab earn dropped out over the last two years attributable to non-price of scholarship amount by the teach govt.” Sampla said there were shut to 3 lakh SC college students who benefitted from the post matric scholarship plot in Punjab in 2017 but this amount has dwindled to 1-1.25 lakh in 2020.

The alleged irregularities within the disbursal of post matric scholarships had plot to gentle in 2020 when Punjab additional chief secretary (social justice) Kirpa Shankar Saroj had given a damning picture against the then minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who used to be in Capain Amarinder Singh’s Cabinet.

Saroj had identified that the division had long previous against space govt policies to help obvious tutorial institutions and siphoned of cash intended to be disbursed to SC college students. The picture had purple-flagged payments made by cheques in preference to RTGS, flouting of high court docket expose which had directed stopping price to an institution and price to non-public technical faculties after they’d crores of dues pending causing a loss to the Exchequer.

The picture had identified that records touching on ’39 crore were missing. Congress govt had ordered a probe by chief secretary Vini Mahajan within the post matric scholarship rip-off. Alternatively, Mahajan did no longer fetch any wrongdoing on half of Dharamsot, who is at display in judicial custody on costs of illegal felling of trees. The siphoning off of funds had turn out to be a critical election concern within the scamper as a lot as the Meeting polls earlier this One year.

Sampla said, “We earn sought a answer from the Punjab govt additionally. But we’ve now in point of fact helpful a thorough probe by CAG.”

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