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Submission of fake certificates under EWS quota comes to fore

punjab Updated: Feb 12, 2016 09:59 IST
Aneesha Bedi
EWS quota

Tender Heart School principal has submitted a written complaint to DC alleging submission of fake income certificates by two applicants.(Hindustan Times)

Process of seeking admission under the EWS (economically weaker section) quota is once again under the scanner as principal of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, has shot off a complaint to the UT deputy commissioner, alleging submission of fake income certificates by two applicants. The certificates are even sanctioned by area tehsildar.

Giving details, the school principal has asked the DC to look into the matter. In the first case, a resident of Mauli Jagran has given insufficient information, besides other discrepancies, in the total gross annual income.

In the second case, a resident of Burail has claimed to be living separately and not with her husband. However, no proof of the same has been provided.

The letter states that the certificate, which has been provided by tehsildar, revenue department, UT administration, mentioning her income from all sources, is incorrect, as her husband’s income has not been taken into consideration.

Talking to HT, UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “We will take strict action in the matter against both the beneficiaries as well as the one who had prepared the certificate. However, I need to get the complaint verified before taking any step.” He added that a probe has been marked to the officials concerned in the matter.

The director school education (DSE) and area SDM have also been notified about the same and a report is to be submitted to the DC office before February 19.

Principal of Tender Heart School, Sector 33, Vikrant Suri said, “Ambiguity in this matter is affecting other deserving students who seek admission in our school, making us defaulters under the RTE norms.”

Meanwhile, assistant estate officer-cum-SDM Prince Dhawan has already held various meetings regarding the EWS row in the past two months and repetitively ensured that those caught preparing incorrect/fake certificates will be punished.

It’s not the first time

The complaint has once again raised fingers over the legitimacy of admissions under the EWS quota. Various local private school principals have been repeatedly citing that there have been cases where students, who in reality belong to financially well-off families, were given admissions on the basis of the EWS certificates issued to them by the concerned SDM.

The EWS admission row has been an ongoing battle. As highlighted by HT last year in July, the same school principal had accused Kaimbwala-resident seeking admission for his daughter under the EWS quota through forged affidavits and income documents, soon after which the patwari concerned was suspended from duty. The incident had brought the functioning of officials of the UT estate office under scanner.