The State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has directed the State Vigilance Organization to register a preliminary enquiry into large scale embezzlement in Mid-Day-Meal (MDM) funds, allegedly by some officials of the Education Department in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, a SVO spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.
He said, "While proceeding on a complaint regarding allegations against some officials of Education Department for commission of gross irregularities and misappropriation of government funds under Mid-Day-Meals scheme in different schools of education zone Boniyar, in district Baramulla, the State Vigilance Commission had ordered an enquiry and had sought report thereof from the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla."
"Scrutiny of reports submitted by the Additional Dy Commissioner Baramulla along with the reports of CEO and Dy. CEO Baramulla, prima-facie disclosed that in 2013-14, MDM funds of ` Rs 71,32,900/- were shown credited in JK Bank Branch, Boniyar however, only ` Rs 15,20,000/- were utilized for the said scheme, besides, cheques have been drawn in the names of different persons and shown further transferred to various accounts, and records have not been maintained thereof. The report divulged that funds were drawn dishonestly against fictitious enrolments of students which tantamounts to abuse of official position and criminal breach of trust on the part of dealing hands and warrants in-depth investigation into the matter in order to expose the delinquents involved," the spokesman added.
"The State Vigilance Commission while looking into the gravity of the acquisitions leveled and the casual approach adopted by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir, directed Vigilance Organization to register a preliminary enquiry in the matter in order to bring the truth to fore so that the officials found involved in the scam could be dealt under law," the spokesman added.