Jharkhand Scholarship Scam: Two authorities of the region government assistance office whose occupation is to screen grant applications, a genius and his two partners, five school administrators who have been blamed for making counterfeit recipients, a nearby backer — and a mother of two who has disappeared.
This is the nexus against which the principal set of 11 FIRs have been documented in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad, following an examination by The Indian Express into the unlawful redirection of the Center’s pre-Matric grant for helpless minority understudies.
The FIRs express that they blamed supposedly “tricked guiltless individuals” to become “counterfeit recipients”, “submitted counterfeit KYC reports” at the government assistance office, and skirted check with assistance from authorities to get schools enlisted on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
They name a lady, who has been recognized as a specialist in Dhanbad, as a component of the nexus situated in the state’s Chatra locale with tasks in Bihar too.
The FIRs have been documented under IPC segments on cheating and fabrication, including 420, and criminal intrigue. No captures have been made at this point.
Nine individuals figure among the key blamed: Vinod Paswan and Ajay Mandal, who are staff members in the District Welfare Office; Nilofar Parveen, a specialist; Pratap Jaswar, Jharilal Mahato, Kalim Akhtar, Santosh Vishwakarma, and Abdul Hamid, who are school proprietors or chiefs; and, Ghulam Mustafa, a supporter at the Dhanbad court.
The FIRs name Chatra occupant Mohammad Sadiq as the supposed head honcho, and his partners Abul Faisal and Amjad. They additionally name 96 schools, including three researched by The Indian Express in the area: Colonel Public School, Daffodils in Dumra, and Indira Gandhi Memorial High School in Nawalgarh.
Dhanbad was among the six locales in Jharkhand, aside from Ranchi, Latehar, Ramgarh, Lohardaga, and Sahibganj, were found that a nexus intrigued to hoodwink guileless guardians and understudies, and set up counterfeit recipients, while authentic candidates were forgotten about.
The Indian Express coordinated passages on the NSP with recipient ledgers in the Public Finance Management System (PFMS) to discover a few instances of the grant being illicitly redirected in Jharkhand and Bihar. It found that the trick likewise roped in schools from Punjab and Assam.
The FIRs in Dhanbad depend on a report put together by a group, driven by the ADM (Law and Order), which directed a test that followed up on The Indian Express examination.
The neighborhood interface is Parveen whose spouse is in Saudi Arabia and who remains with their two youngsters in Nichitpur Township, around 20 km from the city.
At the point when The Indian Express visited Parveen’s two-room loft, neighbors said she had left with her kids a couple of days prior. They said Parveen is in her 30s and used to have a few guests conveying PCs.
One of the neighbors, Pappu Khan, who distinguished himself as a family companion of the blamed, said Parveen used to approach ladies in the area for their Aadhaar cards and guaranteed them help in getting “payment cash” from the public authority. He affirmed that she “took commission after the sum got”. Parveen couldn’t be reached, and an overall said she had “left Jharkhand”.
The FIRs incorporate a proclamation from Parveen, which was recorded in a request report arranged by the ADM-drove group, that uncovers how the trick was done. “Sadiq, Fazal, and Amzad used to get User IDs and passwords from numerous schools. When the grant cash was credited in counterfeit records, Sadiq used to offer checks to numerous go-betweens, school administrators, and so on,” it states.
Aside from Sadiq’s job, it says Faisal purportedly dealt with the cash for “field tasks” that elaborate school specialists. Amzad is a PC administrator, it says, and supposedly “made” KYC structures for applications and filled the structures for school specialists.
Under the grant, understudies from Class 1 to 5 get Rs 1,000 every year, and understudies of Class 6 to 10 get Rs 5,700 per year in the event that they are day researchers or Rs 10,700 in the event that they are in a lodging. The greater part of the defilement, The Indian Express found, is identified with these last two classifications.
As indicated by Parveen’s assertion, Sadiq supposedly guaranteed that “he had contacts in the region and state level”. It expresses that Parveen’s job was to submit duplicates of KYC reports at the Welfare office for confirmation after which school specialists would get User IDs and passwords and hand them over to Sadiq. “Sadiq worked in Ranchi, Sahibganj, and Dhanbad in Jharkhand, and Aurangabad and Arrah in Bihar,” it states.
The FIRs detail the supposed pretended by the other blamed, as recorded in the test report:
*Ajay Mandal, PC administrator, District Welfare Office: He purportedly enrolled schools on the NSP without the mark of District Welfare Officer Satyanand Dubey. Dubey told the test group that in any event 12 such enrollments were finished. Mandal’s telephone was turned off and he was unable to be gone after the remark.
* Vinod Paswan, official, District Welfare Office: He was responsible for examining documents, and was supposedly paid Rs 80,000 by Parveen and Sadiq. Paswan’s telephone was turned off and he was unable to be gone after the remark.
* Mohammad Harun, head, Gyan Jyoti Academy: He purportedly paid Paswan Rs 30,000 to get schools enrolled on the NSP. Harun couldn’t be gone after the remark.
* Pratap Jaswar, head, Genius Public School: He purportedly worked with Parveen and others to produce User IDs and passwords from schools and register counterfeit recipients. Jaswar couldn’t be gone after the remark.
* Ghulam Mustafa, advocate: He supposedly functioned as a mediator alongside Welfare authorities. When reached, Mustafa stated: “I have no task to carry out in the trick.”
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