Two days after HT highlighted how a first information report (FIR) was approved against a Baltana resident for faking his income certificate while applying for his ward’s admission to Tender Heart School, Sector 33, under the economic weaker section (EWS) category, a similar case has come to light yet again.
Malkit Singh, a resident of Maloya, who had applied under the EWS category for nursery admission of his younger child to Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, and Tender Hearts School, Sector 33, for the current session, faked the family’s total income as per details cited on the income certificate.
This throws light on the fact as submitting of sham income certificates to get free education for their children as provided in the Right to Education (RTE) Act is prevalent in the city.
The certificate number was confirmed from the UT administration website www.chdservices.gov.in where all the certificates have been uploaded this year. Having cited a total income of Rs 96,000, it was gathered that the total income of Malkit Singh was more than three times what he stated in the certificate submitted to the said schools.
Sources revealed that in his income tax documents Singh filed a return of over Rs 3 lakh in 2015-16. When HT contacted Singh to verify the same, he initially denied having filed any tax return in 2015-16.
When HT team visited the Sector 41 address as mentioned in the document, it was found that the house belonged to Malkit’s father and the former had been living in Maloya Colony for the past 15 years with his family.
When confronted in person, Singh and his wife accepted that they had filed tax returns of over Rs 3 lakh and that they had been living in Maloya all this while.
When asked about his source of income, Malkit said he was engaged in electrical repair work, driving besides being an insurance agent. In the EWS application, he however, had mentioned electrical repair work as his only source of income. The LIC agent number is on his wife’s name.
Besides, he also ran a small school, Gyan Peeth School, in a rented accommodation in Sector 41 for almost 10 years but closed it after the UT education department sent notices to shut unrecognised schools.
“We had filed the tax return to avail of loan as we want to buy our own house,” Malkit said.
Interestingly, the house Malkit is living with his family in Maloya was allotted to someone else by the Chandigarh Housing Board. “I am the third owner of the house. It was originally allotted to one Satyavaan,” he said. The ownership of the house has not been transferred in Malkit’s name and it was only that he has got the power of attorney. Perhaps, this was the reason he chose not to mention this address in the admission document.
Availed EWS category for first child too
Malkit Singh’s elder child who is in Class 1 has also been studying at DPS, Sector 40, under the EWS category. School officials confirmed this. As per the list uploaded on the DPS website, Malkit’s younger child, a daughter, had got admission at DPS under EWS category. Stepping Stones and Tender Heart schools, however, said his child’s name did not find place in the draw of lot.
Admn unable to monitor papers
Till last year, the sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs )concerned used to sign income certificates after they were approved by the tehsildars. But from this year, patwaris have been designated as signing authority for the same.
Area councillor Gurbaksh Rawat said, “We only sign a form on the basis of the residence proof that the applicant shows us. The government has not given us powers to verify the information stated in the form.”