Born in 1945, enrolled in Class II: How private schools siphoned off Rs 600 crore in Madhya Pradesh -Hemender Sharma
Private schools in Madhya Pradesh have siphoned off about Rs 600 crore under Right to Education since 2011 by providing fake data of students enrolled under the programme.
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A man, who was born two years before Independence, has been shown as a student of class-II in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani. He is enrolled in a private school as beneficiary from an under-privileged family entitled to get benefits under the Right to Education Act.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan governemnt gives out crores of rupees to private schools every year to bring more and more children from under-privileged families as mandated under the Right to Education Act, 2009.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government has reimbursed close to Rs 600 crore to private schools in the state since 2011 for providing free education to under-privileged children under the Right to Education Act, 2009.
An India Today investigation has revealed that a major portion of that money was siphoned off by private schools and education mafia in the last six years. The nexus provided fake details of the students enrolled under the Right to Education Act.
It has emerged that the scam was being orchestrated across all the districts of Madhya Pradesh since 2011.
HOW IT HAPPENED?
India Today has accessed the complete list of 241 students given by the Jagat Janani Vidya Vihar school Jabalpur for whom fee was reimbursed for the year 2015-16. The list that has been uploaded by the MP government, on its education portal also shows the Samagra IDs of students for whom fee has been reimbursed.
These IDs were found to be fake on the Government of India's Samagra portal - http://samagra.gov.in/. There was not a single genuine student in the list.
The list of students has a student named Sumit Ahirwar of KG-2. The Samagra ID mentioned against his name is 193448019. But, on the Samgra portal, the ID turned out to be that of Deepak Kumar Sonkar, who was born in 1990.
For the year 2014-15, the Jagat Janani School furnished a list of 180 students. The list is completely fake. In the 2014-15 list, Sonkar's ID has been listed against Surbhit Ahirwar of KG-1.
India Today tracked down Sonkar from the address on the Samgra portal only to find that he made a living by selling vegetables on a hand held cart in Jabalpur. Sonkar has no idea how his ID entered the school's list.
"I do not know how my Id is being used. I sell vegetables and all I can say is that strict action should be taken against the school that has stolen and misused my ID," Sonkar while talking to India Todayu said.
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India Today, 13 October, 2017, http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/madhya-pradesh-right-to-education-scam-rs-600-crore-shivraj-singh-chouhan/1/1068137.html