Despite probe, Education Department restores pact with association - ECAS Punjab

Despite probe, Education Department restores pact with association

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Tribune News Service

Faridkot, August 29

Three months after the state government cancelled an agreement with a private association for running three Government Adarsh Schools in Faridkot and Moga districts over graft allegations, the Director General School Education (DGSE) has now withdrawn the cancellation orders.

After a judicial inquiry into the functioning of the schools found many financial and administrative irregularities, the DGSE had issued orders to cancel the 99-year lease with Ludhiana-based Sukh Sagar Avenue Welfare Association on June 4.

Under the PPP mode, adarsh schools at Middumann and Pakka Kalan villages in Faridkot and at Ransain Kalan village in Moga were being run by the association for past four years. Private partners are spending 30 per cent of the total money and rest 70 per cent is contributed by the government to run the schools.

Challenging the cancellation of the agreement, Narinder Singh Randhawa, chairman of the association, approached the High Court, claiming that the judicial inquiry report was never communicated to him. Submitting an undertaking in the court, the Education Department has declared that it is withdrawing the cancellation orders and will proceed further after providing the inquiry report to the association.

from The Tribune

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