Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira has demanded a CBI probe into the closure of as many as 10 Adarsh Schools in the state. The schools were opened to cater to poor students.
Twenty four Adarsh Schools were opened by the government, of which 10 had been closed and another 12 were on the verge of closure, claimed Khaira.
"The SAD-BJP government in Punjab has defraud peole yet again in the name of opening Adarsh schools in every block under Punjab Education Development Board ," he said.
"Adarsh Schools were opened on the land taken on lease for 99 years from panchayats. The government committed a breach of trust with the panchayats and transferred the land and the control of schools to private companies. The private companies embezzled the funds meant for free education to poor children and rather charged high fees. This malpractice was detected during audit. The companies running the schools locked the schools and also took away the records and assets like buses and furniture, leaving the poor students in very deep trouble," he alleged.
"Students, teachers and non-teaching staff of these closed Adarsh Schools have become jobless. As it is they have not been paid for more thnan four months."
Khaira added that 10 schools run by Educom Limited Company in Hardasa, Daulatpura, Neeva Munava, Ransingh Kalhan, Bhopal, Mallah and Pakka Kalan villages and three other schools had already shut down and the remaining 12 were on the verge of closure.
Khaira alleged that the Adarsh School scam might run into crores of rupees and its investigation must be handed over to the CBI. He said that Education Development Board had handed over the Adarsh schools to new companies but they have failed to re-open the schools.
He demanded the black-listing of companies involved in the scam.