The recent case of two students being rusticated from a private school after their BPL (below poverty line) card was found to be fake has once again raised serious questions about fake beneficiaries deriving benefits meant for the underprivileged sections of society.
Authorities claim people get such cards made illegally by furnishing wrong information about their family income.
Gurgaon district has more than 40,000 BPL cardholders, including about 15,000 in urban pockets while the rest are registered in rural areas.
Prem Lata, district elementary education officer, said, “We come across many cases in which people get fake BPL cards made and try to get admission in schools. But if caught, schools can ask parents to clear previous dues or can also get an FIR lodged against parents.”
Col Kr Pratap Singh, president, Haryana Progressive School Conference, said, “School authorities find it difficult to find out that whether a BPL cardholder is genuine. From now on, we will cancel admission if fake documents are submitted.”
In January 2012, the district administration ordered rechecking. In the first round, 6,500 cards were found to be bogus.