5 months on, Education Department yet to publicize enquiry report
Madrassa Funding Row
Srinagar, Apr 19: As the Madrassa funding row continues to haunt the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the State Education Department is yet to submit the enquiry report of the investigating committees.
In December last year, the Director School Education Kashmir ordered an enquiry to ascertain the wrongdoings in the Madrasa funding. It also constituted the District level investigation and verification committees vide government order no: 692-edu of 2011 and directorate order no: 2445 DSEK of 2011 dated Dec 19, 2011.
However, the enquiry reports of these committees have not been made public till date. Sources told Greater Kashmir the district enquiry committees constituted by the DSEK have already completed their job and submitted the report to the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Inspection Monitoring Wing of the directorate.
“The officer was asked to consolidate list of Madrassas with the help of OSD cultural wing. However, these officers pressurized the district committees to manage the report of their choice,” sources claimed.
They said some committees after coming under pressure of the DSEK officers allegedly submitted ‘fabricated reports’. “Some of the reports of the district committees were also changed by these officers to suit their malicious designs and to cover up real culprits behind the Madrassa episode,” sources added.
An official wishing anonymity said the district enquiry committee report submitted to OSD Inspection Monitoring Wing had also indicated the lists of fake Madrassas were fraudulently prepared.
The officials said it was the moral and legal duty of the department to uncover the faces that initially consolidated the list and without proper verification deliberately communicated it to MHRD.
While the official documents received in reply to an RTI application recently uncovered the ‘non-utilization’ of funds provided by Central Government as financial aid to various Madrassas in Jammu and Kashmir, the list of Madrassas in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, which supposedly received Rs 40.28 lakhs lakhs has been ‘faked’ as per the investigation by this newspaper.
The bank account numbers written against 30 Madrassas in the district either don’t exist or are registered with personal names (all names withheld).
Interestingly, most of Madrasas whose names are appearing in the list have already denied receiving any amount from the DSEK.
When contacted, the Director School Education said there was no embezzlement in the central funding to JK Madrassas. “There was some confusion in the utilization of the fund as most of the recommended Madrassas were not fulfilling the necessary requirements. The non-utilized fund was retuned to the directorate, but I don’t remember what the exact amount is?” she said.
About the publicizing enquiry report, the Director said it would take some time to complete. “I have to ask the concerned Chief Education Officers about the committees’ report. It will be made public next week,” the Director added.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 19 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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