Three days after HT had reported on how a Maloya man faked his income to get his ward admitted under the economically weaker section (EWS) quota in a private school, the Chandigarh deputy commissioner and UT education secretary have marked separate inquiries into the matter.
UT education secretary Sarvjit Singh said, “I have already marked a probe into the matter. Strict action will be taken upon verification as this is jeopardising the rights of the genuine candidates. The EWS applicants must not take things lightly.”
In this regard, Singh has written to director (school education), who in turn has deputed the deputy director (school education) for the job, and said the report would be out in a week.
On the other hand, UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said the administration will have to come up with a stricter policy to keep check on the fake EWS applications. “I have asked SDM (south) to verify the Maloya case and we will not refrain from taking strict action. If this is the modus operandi, we will have to track these applicants right from the time they are filed,” said Joshi.
Malkit Singh, a Maloya resident, had applied under the EWS category for nursery admission of his child at Delhi Public School, Sector 40, Stepping Stones School, Sector 38, and Tender Hearts’ School, Sector 33, for the current session. Singh faked the family’s total income on the income certificate.
The certificate number was confirmed by the UT administration website www.chdservices.gov.in, on which all certificates have been uploaded this year. Singh cited `96,000 as total income. However, it was found that the total income of Malkit Singh was more than three times of what he had stated in the certificate. As per the income tax documents accessed by HT, Singh had filed a return of over `3 lakh in 2015-16. When HT contacted Singh to verify the same, he initially denied having filed any tax return in 2015-16.
It was also found that the house belonged to Malkit’s father, and he had been living in Maloya Colony for the past 15 years with his family. Singh’s elder child, who is in Class 1, has also been studying at DPS, Sector 40, under the EWS category. This was confirmed by school officials. As per the list uploaded on the DPS’s website, Malkit’s younger child had got admission at DPS under the EWS category. Stepping Stones and Tender Hearts’ School, however, said his child’s name did not find a place in the draw of lot.
SDM (south) Kriti Garg said, “On the one hand, we have some applicants trying to dodge the system to avail benefits they are not entitled to, on the other hand, it also reflects inadequacy in the existing parameters. This highlights the need to revisit our system.”