Almost a fortnight after the principal of Tender Heart School submitted a written complaint to the Chandigarh deputy commissioner with regard to fake income certificates under EWS quota, the report prepared by the sub-divisional magistrate (south) shows otherwise.
With reference to the complaint against two EWS applications, the report claims that the complaint is not valid in the first case. While in one case the applicant is genuine, the other one is inconclusive.
According to the inquiry, the Burail resident who had claimed to be living separately from her husband but had failed to supply any proof, does live separately.
This was verified by witnesses.
In the second case, a resident of Mauli Jagran had provided insufficient information besides other discrepancies in the total gross annual income.
Talking about the same, DC Ajit Balaji Joshi said, “Having gone through the report prepared by SDM (south), the first case turned out to be genuine while the second is inconclusive and I will have it investigated again,” adding, “But I cannot deny that the procedure needs to be more robust and the certificates must be prepared in a more authentic manner.”
Sub- district magistrate (south) Kriti Garg said, “In the first case, it was found that the lady actually lives separately from her husband and does not receive any maintenance from him by way of an affidavit at the time she applied for income certificate.” She added, “In the second case, the documents placed on record by the school, prima facie it appears that the income might differ from what was declared by the applicant during the time of submission of income certificate.”
“I also found that no procedural lapse was there in issuance of these certificates... the government officials have in fact relied on information given to them by applicants by way of self declaration which was corroborated by witnesses at the time of field verification,” said Garg.
The SDM (S) has also made some recommendations on the basis of Government of India guidelines, some of which include: doing away with third party verification by government officials, recording statement of income tax returns, and proper identification at the time of application.
Talking about the report’s output, Vikrant Suri, principal of Tender Heart School, said, “I am very sure of my research and I stand by the complaint.”