Rs 400 deposited for school uniform, Rs 162 left in account after deductions!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Jan 2018 09:35:53


 

Staff Reporter,

Bringing to fore a strange case in which an amount of Rs 400/- was deposited in the bank account of a student for purchase of school uniform under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme, but only Rs 162/- were left in the account after deductions, Salil Deshmukh, youth leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has alleged that there are many such cases indicating failure of DBT scheme.


According to Deshmukh, students in schools of as many as 30 Zilla Parishads (ZPs) in Maharashtra are yet to get school uniforms despite implementation of DBT scheme, even though the academic session is drawing to a close in a couple of months. “BJP-led State Government has launched DBT scheme to bring in more transparency, but the scheme is actually resulting in deprivation of students from the benefits of the scheme for providing to them school uniforms,” he stated in a press release. He alleged that there were problems in implementation of DBT scheme.


An amount of Rs 400/- was deposited in the bank account of a student for purchase of school uniform, on August 8, 2017. However, the same day, an amount of Rs 130/- was deducted from the account with an entry ‘REC MMS’. Subsequently, on various occasions, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and ‘QSMS Charges’ were deducted. Till January 6, 2018, only Rs 162/- remained in the said account. To back his allegations, Salil Deshmukh also circulated to media an image of the passbook entries. However, he refused to divulge the name of the student.


“How could one purchase school uniform for Rs 162/-? If an amount of Rs 400/- has been sanctioned for purchase of school uniform, is it justified that more than half of that amount is deducted under various heads? Due to such faulty implementation of DBT scheme, even the school uniform distribution has suffered. The students from rural areas are yet to get school uniforms in reality while the Government and ZP authorities claim that the amount has been disbursed to beneficiaries,” Salil Deshmukh alleged. He stated that if the Government and ZP did not effect corrections within eight days, NCP would take to streets against the injustice.