New Delhi: From one scam to another – this one’s in Maharashtra. An education scam costing the state as much as 1000 crore rupees has finally come under the government’s radar.
Fingers of students being inked but this is not an election. The Maharashtra state government is conducting a statewide inspection to find out how many students on the rolls of state run and government aided schools are bogus.
This after a whopping 1.4 lakh students were found to be bogus in a single district in September.
Rajendra Darda, School education minister, said, “We found that some divisions altogether did not exist. In some places, same students were made to sit for the morning school and afternoon schools during the inspection.”
In an inspection carried out in the Nanded district, of 7 lakh school students shown on the records of 3500 schools, a whopping 1.4 lakh were found to be bogus, which means that the state handed over an extra unaccounted money for amount of Rs 120 crore to these schools.
With the survey being replicated across 35 districts, experts warn it could be a 1000 crore rupee scam.
The inspection report will be prepared and put before the state cabinet in a week’s time.
The scam has come to light but who will be held accountable for the mess and what about the money already given in grants to the schools.