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Director transfers official, minister stays order

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 10

Even as Social Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot has disassociated himself from the alleged anomalies in the disbursal of the SC post-matric scholarship scam, he "continues to give patronage" to a senior assistant in the department, Rakesh Arora, one of the suspects in the scam.

The minister has written for staying the transfer order of Arora, who was transferred out from Ambedkar Institute, Mohali, to Fazilka, on August 31 by the Director, Social Welfare, Devinder Singh. The minister issued orders cancelling the transfer on September 4. However, the Director did not respond to calls.

In report on serious irregularities in disbursal of SC post-matric scholarship funds submitted to Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, Deputy Director Parminder Gill, Deputy Controller Finance and Audit Charanjit Singh, section officer Mukesh Bhatia, senior assistants Rakesh Arora and Baldev Singh are suspected to be involved in the scam.

Sources in the government said since the last date of transfers ended on August 31, the minister's orders could not be implemented. A fresh approval has to be sought from the Chief Minister after August 31.

from The Tribune

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