Jharkhand CM orders probe into scholarship rip-off: ‘action soon’

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Jharkhand CM orders probe into scholarship rip-off: ‘action soon’

Jharkhand CM orders probe into scholarship rip-off: ‘action soon’

Written by Abhishek Angad | Ranchi | Updated: November 2, 2020 10: 32: 25 am

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren holds a reproduction of The Indian Categorical train at a press convention in Dumka on Sunday. (Categorical Teach)

TAKING NOTE of an ongoing investigation by The Indian Categorical, which has published several cases of fraud by a nexus of middlemen, college employees, and convey executive employees to illegally divert funds from a Central scholarship for minority college students in the convey, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Sunday ordered a probe into the “enormous rip-off”.

Talking to reporters in Dumka, Soren acknowledged: “We now beget merely bought to know about the rip-off and genuinely soon, there will most likely be action.”

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Talking to The Indian Categorical later, Soren referred to the investigation, which reported on a letter sent in July 2019 by the Centre to the then Jharkhand Chief Secretary warning of “repeated makes an strive to subvert” the National Scholarship Portal. “The (present) Chief Secretary has taken cognizance of the matter. It looks the matter was once flagged final yr and we can come by to the bottom of it,” he acknowledged.

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The investigation also pointed to a failure in numerous layers of verification of applicants — from the college to the convey level. “We can directly rectify the contrivance of verification and be definite this would not occur once more. These scholarships are necessary for the college students,” Soren acknowledged.

Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh told The Indian Categorical that the verification “has been stopped” till the probe is performed.

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Records show that in 2019-20, Rs 61 crore was once disbursed thru Notify Earnings Transfer in Jharkhand below the pre-Matric scholarship plan, which was once launched by the UPA executive in 2008. Soren came to vitality in December 2019 because the head of a JMM-Congress-RJD executive in the convey.

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