Punjab News Five suspended for bungling of SSA funds


Prime VIP
Ropar, June 29

Five people, including Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) district coordinator, were suspended for misappropriation of SSA funds.

Suspended officials include SSA district coordinator Narinder Banga, block primary education officer, Ropar I, Karam Singh and three block resource persons- Charan Singh, Dharam Singh Lahoria from Bhago Majra and Balwinder Singh.

The members of Panchyata School Vikas Committee (PASVAK), a committee of villages working for betterment of the schools, had complained director-general of schools, Punjab, that the accused had sent them grant for buying furniture for the school.

As per the rules, the government SSA employees can just release the grant and cannot send any kind of quotations or even ask the PASVAK committees to buy furniture from a particular place.

Contrary to this, the accused in the case sent quotations of a Ludhiana-based firm and directed that furniture be bought from this particular firm, thereby promoting the company. The PASVAK committee members alleged that even furniture received through this company was found sub-standard.

The director-general schools marked an inquiry into the complaint and suspended all five accused. These accused have been directed to join places other than their headquarters.

Meanwhile, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) state coordinator Dinesh Chadha alleged that SSA district unit has also misappropriated funds by upgrading primary schools to middle schools in less than three km of the area.

“According to the rules, no two schools can be upgraded to middle level within a distance of 3 km. Contrary to this, the primary school at Jhandiyan Majra has been upgraded to middle, whereas a middle school already exists in Jhandiyan village, which lies just a km away,” he said.