Misuse of SSA Funds: SVC Seeks Report From Secretary Education

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

In a significant order, the State Vigilance Commission (SVC) sought action taken report from secretary to government, education department to clarify whether the funds under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme have been utilized in accordance with norms and guidelines laid down under the said scheme by the concerned officers.

While proceeding on a complaint against one field officer of SSA J&K, in connection with bunglings, gross irregularities and misuse of official position in purchase of various gadgets meant for official purposes by the said officer, the SVC had called a report from the Directorate of SSA which revealed that domestic items like Radio Sets, Water Geysers, Fans, Lunch Boxes, Brief cases, mobile phones etc. have been purchased from SSA funds from time to time since 2007 and utilized for personal benefits of the officers/officials including some personal staff members of the then Minister and have not been returned by them till date, which tantamount to mischief and criminal breach of trust on part of concerned public servants.

Accordingly, the Additional Secretary to the Government, Education Department was summoned in the Commission alongwith action taken report, the SVC secretary said in a statement. The Additional Secretary to the Government, Education Department appeared in person and sought some more time to submit a detailed report, he said.

“The State Vigilance Commission while taking serious note of the issue, directed the Additional Secretary to Government Education Department for submission of Action Taken Report by or before next date of hearing, mentioning therein whether these items were purchased from SSA funds, in accordance with the laid down guidelines/norms and the persons to whom these items were issued and also whether these persons have been issued any other similar items under other funds available with the Government/Education Department and also give the present status of those items.”

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