Tainted officials of Education Department looted SSA funds, CEO fails to provide reply fearing exposure of fraud
POONCH TODAY NEWS
POONCH: As, the education department Poonch has remained in news on account of misuse of funds under SVEEP program, another fraud of education department is all set to come up in public domain and this fraud is related to massive murder of SSA funds over the years by few tainted officials of Education Department Poonch, who remained posted in CEO Office Poonch and various ZEO offices across the Poonch district. Highly placed sources within the department told “POONCH TODAY” that few regular and contractual officials, who were handling SSA funds earned like anything, mostly in construction and maintenance works in education department. Massive funds were withdrawn on construction works by violating benchmark for works set by the government. Out of the way payments were released on doubtful works. Even fake vouchers were used for withdrawal of payments. Few officials, who were mastermind of massive SSA frauds, remained attached in CEO Office by having hand in glove relations with successive CEO’s and looted SSA funds. Similarly, many officials, who remained posted in various ZEO offices and were dealing with SSA funds also followed the same strategy of looting funds under SSA. Many ZEO’s also remained a part of this high profile nexus of looting SSA funds. When CEO Poonch was approached with a RTI application, seeking whole details of funds provided and expenditure under SSA from financial year 2013-14 onwards, CEO preferred to violate RTI act, fearing exposure of massive fraud. Earlier, few tainted officials, who remained neck deep involved in looting SSA funds, played a game and handover the charges, they were holding, sensing trouble in coming days. Education Department has been going through terrible times with no different polices of government are being implemented in a proper manner and this has lead to massive corruption in various offices of the department. Even a contractual appointee, after remained on a lavish posting, earned like anything and made huge property. He also remained a top class agent of various CEO’s and DEPO’s for collection of money for transfer and other related purposes. The recent violation of RTI act by CEO Poonch shows that the boss of the education department Poonch has accepted that SSA remained full of fraud and no proper and authentic record is available which shows details of SSA funds used in different activities in district Poonch.