School Edu corruption: Comm. for disability demands justice
Outrage over tainted deptt’s misuse of 12+ crore
Dimapur, February 24
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he government establishment for disability in Nagaland has no infrastructure and has huge deficit but departments such as the notorious School Education has been embezzling crores of rupees, the commissioner for Disability stated on Tuesday.
The commissioner for Disability has denounced the misappropriation of funds meant for the implementation of the Inclusive Education for the Secondary Stage (IEDSS) to the tune of Rs.12,79,50,000 (twelve crore seventy nine lakhs fifty thousand).The corruption is indeed “very shameful and disheartening,” stated a note from the State Commissioner for PWD Dr. Atha Vizol on Tuesday.
The press release noted with shock that the misappropriation of funds was meant for the implementation of the Inclusive Education for the Secondary Stage for the period 2011-2012, 2012-2013. The development is “indeed very shameful and disheartening to learnt about their involvement and also manipulating the records by the implementing agencies that was published in the local dailies,” the press release stated.
‘I strongly condemned the act of the School Education department in misappropriating the amount of Rs.12, 79,50,000 (Rupees Twelve crore seventy nine lakhs fifty thousand) only, by some erring officials of the department which was meant for the implementation of the Inclusive Education for disable at secondary stage,” the press release stated.
The commissioner lauded the chief secretary and vigilance commissioner of Nagaland for constituting a Special Investigation Team to unearth and identify the officials behind the misappropriation of funds.
“While the Disabled Commissioner is functioning without proper office buildings and infrastructures along with huge deficits of manpower that are required to run the office, it is very disheartening to see that such a huge amount was misappropriated by some individuals,” the commissioner stated.
The commissioner has expressed full cooperation to the investigating agency and has urged the state government of Nagaland to initiate strong action against the erring officials and serve justice for the differently-able people of the state. The organization stated that the School Education department has been failing to pay salaries to SSA and Hindi teachers, and have been under the shadow of bogus and proxy teachers, besides other corrupt practices, the union lashed out.
Rengma students want School Edu officials captured
A noticeably infuriated Rengma Students’ Union on Tuesday dared the Special Investigation Team set up by the government of Nagaland to probe into the shocking misappropriation of funds by the School Education department to ‘reveal the truth.’
The students’ organization issued a press release on Tuesday compared the School education department to a ‘host’ that kills the ‘guest’.
The Rengma students have asked K Shiwoto, the Senior Superintendent of Police heading the Special Investigation Team to “come out with the truth in black and white” and prove the integrity and competence of the investigators. The students have appealed to the citizens of the state to reflect on the crumbling state of Nagaland and take the case of the education department as an indicator.