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RTE scam: Rajasthan government made to pay for education of students who didn’t exist

Many private schools under scanner.

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May 16, 2017, 12:04 pm

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Jaipur: The latest scam in the Rajasthan education department will put even the wildest fiction to shame. Many schools, suspectedly in connivance with education department officials, got the government to pay for free education under the Right to Education (RTE) for students who didn’t even exist. Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has launched an investigation and carried out searches at Shiksha Shankul, the education department headquarters in Jaipur.

It came up during preliminary investigation that many schools presented bills to the state government for students who didn’t study at these schools. A portion of the fee and other expenses of students enrolled under RTE is covered by the state government.

The ACB team seized records from Block Number – 2 and Block Number – 3 of the building on JLN Marg on Monday.

Sources said that complaints regarding irregularities in RTE admissions from 2013 to 2015 had been received by ACB. After receiving the complaints, the agency launched a preliminary enquiry. An ACB team reached Shiksha Shakul in the afternoon and went through records.

“We have seized records. Some schools are under scanner. We will also seize records from the schools. The records include bogus bills sent to the state government,” an ACB officer said.

ACB officials were tight-lipped about the future course of the investigation, but sources said that FIRs could be lodged against schools in the near future.

A dedicated team of ACB officials is working to unearth the scam.

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First published: May 16, 2017