Embezzlement probe: Funds of 3 Adarsh Schools put on hold
The schools located at Middumann and Pacca Kalan villages in Faridkot and Ransih Kalan village in Moga and are run by the Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association.punjab Updated: Jan 13, 2018 10:09 IST
The state education department has put on hold funds of two Adarsh Schools in Faridkot and one in Moga districts due to the ongoing inquiries into alleged embezzlement and fake appointments.
The schools located at Middumann and Pacca Kalan villages in Faridkot and Ransih Kalan village in Moga and are run by the Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association.
The government supports the Adarsh schools which are run under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
An official said the department has put on hold nearly ₹50 lakh funds for the school management from July to December 2017. “The preliminary probe found embezzlement by the school management of funds the education department granted,” the official said.
Teachers and parents had complained that the committee chairman Narinder Singh Randhawa also fleeced the students of these Adarsh Schools run by charging them for books which are given for free, creating fake firms to claim the bills and receiving salaries against fake appointments.
Director general of school education Prashant Goyal said the funds have been stopped by the department due to ongoing inquiries against the management.
More than 50 staff members are working in these schools which have more than 1,400 students. Randhawa, who faces charges of rape and sexual harassment, is currently out on bail granted by the Punjab and Haryana high court. The staff has not got their salaries for months.
Acting chairman Harsimran Kaur Randhawa said the department has been released the funds and salary of teachers will be paid within two weeks.
The Adarsh School management enjoys political patronage as they appointed Gurshwinder Singh, a close aide of Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, as director.
DEO’s conflict of Interest
The education department has sought inquiry reports from district education officer (secondary) Baljit Kaur Brar whose daughter-in-law was appointed vice-principal at Adarsh School, Middumann.
The teachers said it is conflict of interest and would also affect the probe against the management.