Management of three Adarsh Schools sacked over ‘bungling’ of funds - ECAS Punjab

Management of three Adarsh Schools sacked over ‘bungling’ of funds

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Balwant Garg

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, June 5

'Charges baseless'

  • Denying the allegations, Narinder Singh Randhawa, chairman of the Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association, claimed he had withdrawn from the management of these schools as the state government was not contributing its share under the PPP.

After a judicial inquiry into the functioning of three Government Adarsh Schools in the region found many financial and administrative irregularities, the Director General School Education (DGSE) on Friday sacked the management of these schools.

Under the public-private partnership (PPP), Adarsh Schools at Middumann and Pakka Kalan villages in Faridkot and at Ransain Kalan village in Moga were being run by a Ludhiana-based Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association for the past over five years.

Under the PPP mode, private partners are spending 30 per cent of the total money and rest 70 per cent is contributed by the government to run these schools.

Narinder Singh Randhawa, chairman of the association, faced four criminal cases in the last three years. Randhawa remained in the thick of controversy allegedly for misappropriating government funds by sending inflated purchase bills and making fake recruitment of teachers. He was accused of even admitting "ghost students" to get extra funds from the state government.

After a dossier of complaints against Randhawa, the School Education Department had started an inquiry into the allegations against him and entrusted the inquiry to a retired IAS officer on May 1, 2019.

The inquiry report was to be submitted within three-week time. As there was no completion of this inquiry in six months by the retired IAS officer, on February 27, the probe was handed over to BC Gupta, a retired Additional District and Sessions Judge.

The decision to withdraw the control of these schools from the association has been taken as it violated the terms and conditions of the agreement under the PPP, said Mohammad Tayyab, DGSE.

Denying the allegations, Randhawa claimed he had withdrawn from the management of the schools as the state government was not contributing its share under the PPP.



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