A student putting up in the Gujjar and Bakerwal Hostel in Rajouri for the past two years has alleged discrimination by the warden towards students belonging to the below poverty line (BPL). He has alleged that he and other 10 students has been denied admission this year on fake allegations of theft and indiscipline. While warden Mohamaad Azam has denied the charges leveled by the boy, the Gujjar and Bakerwal Development Advisory Board has taken note of the incident.
The hostel is exclusively run by the state government to provide free education, lodging and boarding facilities, free food, books and uniforms, etc., till Class 12 to BPL students. The admission is given on the basis of an entrance test.
However, Mohammad Alyas, who cleared Class 8 in March, and about 10 other students have been allegedly denied admission in the hostel by the warden.
Alyas has alleged that on April 18 after taking admission in Class 9 in a government school, he along with his maternal grandmother went to the hostel for admission. However, he was denied admission by the warden on the ground that he was involved in indiscipline and theft incidents.
He also said five students, namely, Shahid Maqbool, Bilal Choudhry, Irfan Choudhry, Mohammad Kabir and Sarfraz Ahamd, have taken admission in private institutions in Classes 9, but staying in the hostel. As per rules, admission in the hostel has to be given only to students who are studying in government schools
"When I pleaded to the warden to admit my grandson in the hostel, he told me to take Alyas home otherwise he will call the police for creating nuisance," alleged 70-year-old Zainab Bi, maternal grandmother of Alyas.
"No student can be admitted in the hostels who study in private schools/academies. Also warden is not authorised to deny permission to any eligible student," said Latief Ahmad Poswal, secretary, Gujjar and Bakerwal Development Advisory Board.
He added that they had some information about the high handedness/discrimination by the present warden and he has been asked to submit detailed reports on the recent incidents (including Alyas's and students studying in private schools) of discrimination.
"After the complaints about the students studying in private schools and staying in G&BH, notices have been issued to their parents and suitable action will be taken soon. As far as the case of Alyas is concerned, he and a few others have been denied admission after complaints of violations of rules, regulations, discipline, thefts, etc., and long absences from hostel," said Mohamaad Azam, hostel warden.
Warden further added that notice was also issued to the parents of Alyas and they had tendered written apology. But when asked by the Hindustan Times to provide the copies of the same he started giving excuses.
When asked to send a special team to Rajouri for inquiry into the allegations, Poswal said he had to take permission from the higher authorities.