Education dept inquiry indicts Adarsh school management in Faridkot for financial irregularities

Teachers and parents had complained that the management committee chairman was fleecing students at Middumann and Pakka Kalan villages in Faridkot and at Adarsh School, Ransain Kalan, in Moga.
The government supports the Adarsh schools which are run under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.(HT Photo)
The government supports the Adarsh schools which are run under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2018 09:36 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Faridkot | ByGagandeep Jassowal, Faridkot

A three-member inquiry panel looking into financial irregularities at three Adarsh schools in the region has recommended to the state education department to take back control from Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association, the organisation running these schools. The government supports the Adarsh schools which are run under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. As many as 24 such schools were opened in 2011.

Teachers and parents had complained that the management committee chairman at these three schools, Narinder Singh Randhawa, was fleecing students at Middumann and Pakka Kalan villages in Faridkot and at Adarsh School, Ransain Kalan, in Moga.

According to allegations, Randhawa charged students for books which are to be given for free, created fake firms to claim bills and received salaries against fake appointments.

Principal Prabhjot Kaur, principal Rajwinder Singh and head-teacher Jaswinder Singh were part of the panel that had conducted the inquiry in December 2017. Faridkot education officer (secondary) had formed this panel.

In its report, that HT has access to, the panel records that Randhawa cheated the education department, the students and their parents. The panel also claims that he also defrauded the state government of lakhs of rupees by raising bills from a fake firm.

“Blank bills of these fake firms were found in his papers,” the inquiry reports notes. It adds, “We should look for the new options to run these schools. We fear that the staff at Adarsh School, Middumann, is not safe under the current management. To avoid any fortunate incident, this management should be asked to give up control.”

Randhawa and his son Jasmeet Singh Randhawa are currently out on the bail from the Punjab and Haryana high court in a rape case. “Since the current management took over the school in October 2016, it has remained at loggerheads with teachers and failed to maintain a suitable environment for studies,” the report adds.

District education officer (secondary) Baljit Kaur Brar said, “The inquiry report has been sent to the higher authorities.” Director general school education, Prashant Goyal, did not respond to repeated calls and messages.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • People wade through water near Galleria Market in Sushant Lok in Gurugram on Monday. (Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

    Rain brings respite to Haryana

    The early morning rains reported in most parts of Haryana on Monday brought respite from scorching heat in both the rural and urban parts of the state. As per reports of the meteorological and agriculture department at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University, light to heavy rainfall was witnessed in parts of Ambala, Gurugram, Kurukshetra, Kaithal Karnal, Fatehabad, Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Panchkula, Panipat, Sonepat and Jind districts.

  • Seven former Congress leaders rejoined the party in Chandigarh on Monday. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Seven former Congress leaders return to party fold

    Seven former Congress leaders rejoined the party in Chandigarh on Monday. Among the rejoiners are Sharda Rathore, Ram Niwas Ghorela, Naresh Selwal, Rakesh Kamboj, Rajkumar Valmiki, Zile Ram Sharma and Subhash Chaudhary, who had quit the party to join the BJP, HJC or contest as an Independent. Besides, former INLD MLA Parminder Singh Dhul, who had contested in 2019 on a BJP ticket, and Kishanlal Panchal of the LSP also joined the Congress.

  •  (Image for representational purpose)

    Sexual offences against a child: Parents can’t strike a compromise, rules HC

    The victim child and her parents can't strike a compromise in the cases of sexual offence against the minor, the Punjab and Haryana high court has ruled.

  • A man was arrested for allegedly raping his six-year-old daughter at a factory, which was shut down for the last many years at Rewari’s Dharuhera area, police said on Monday. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Father arrested for raping 6-year-old girl

    A man was arrested for allegedly raping his six-year-old daughter at a factory, which was shut down for the last many years at Rewari's Dharuhera area, police said on Monday. A spokesperson of Rewari police said the man has been booked under sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) and the girl has been admitted to a hospital.

  • Rescue operations going on at the site where two farmers got trapped in a 40-foot-deep tubewell pit in Hisar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

    Hisar: Body of one farmer retrieved from tubewell pit

    A day after two farmers were trapped in a 40ft deep tubewell pit after a portion of land collapsed on them at Hisar's Siarwa village, army and NDRF teams pulled out the body of one of them in the wee hours of Monday. Former Haryana finance minister Sampat Singh, deputy speaker Ranbir Gangwa and district administrative officials attended the funeral of Jagdish's.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, May 24, 2022