The officials responsible for managing the government-aided tribal boarding school in Buldhana district, that is facing allegations of rape of three school girls by the school staff, is likely to be charged for cheating.
The state government suspects that the school management has shown more students on paper to get more grants. The tribal development commissionerate has started the process to ascertain the actual number of students that study in the school.
Confirming the same, the tribal development commissioner Rajiv Jadhav said that they suspect that the school management had put down an increased number of students on the documents submitted to the government in order to receive more grants. The amount of government grant that a state-aided school gets depends on the number of students enrolled in it. The state government provides a grant of Rs900 per month for lodging-boarding of each tribal child at the government-aided boarding schools. This is other than the fees of teachers, employees and other facilities.
“Though our first priority is to shift all the students to other boarding schools, we are also working on the cheating angle as by shifting students, we can also ascertain the actual number of students that were enrolled in the school,” Jadhav told HT.
He added, “If it is proved that the school’s management had been cheating the government, we will issue show cause notice to them. The grant amount for this year will be recovered and a criminal case for cheating will also be filed against the management officials.”
The records submitted by the tribal boarding school to the state government stated that they had around 386 students enrolled with them, 105 of them being girls. But initial probe started in the backdrop of the rape of a 10-year-old girl student at the boarding school suggested that the actual number of students may be less than what the school management has claimed.
The tribal development department has already revoked the registration of the school. It has also suspended two of its officials — SG Sutar, assistant project officer and VA Wankhede, education extension officer from Akola for dereliction of duty. The officers were expected to inspect the tribal boarding school after every fortnight which, it seems, was avoided in this case.
Jadhav also said that they have initiated a departmental enquiry into both the officials. “If found guilty, the officers will have to face further punishment which ranges from stopping multiple salary increments to dismissal from the service,” he informed.
Shockwaves were sent across Maharashtra after a 10-year-old girl studying at the boarding school was found to have been raped multiple times. The Class 4 student complained of a stomach ache, which was alluded to pregnancy. So far, three girls have registered complaints of sexual assault by Ittu Singh Pawar, the main accused and a sweeper at the school.