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Misappropriation of Rs 1.74 cr for teachers’ training by SCERT alleged

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Dimapur, October 19: RTI Initiative Nagaland has accused SCERT of misappropriating Rs 1.74 crore sanctioned for teachers’ trainees of NIOS offiline D.El.Ed 2014-16 batch.
RTI Initiative said the misappropriation came to light in a RTI reply No.NLD/SS/ESTT/RTI/2019-20/1 Dated Kohima, the 1st Aug. 2019 by Nagaland Education Mission Society Samagra Shiksha (erstwhile SSA) that said Rs 1,74,00000 sanctioned to SCERT.
“However, SCERT could not provide detailed expenditures which hindered the release of the 2nd installment and more abruptly the Department notified the teacher trainees to deposit Rs 6000/- each,” said Odi Jamir and ST Yapang Lkr of the RTI Initiative Nagaland in a press release.
The release alleged that even after successfully completion of the training in 2016, the teachers are yet to get their certificates. On this, the SCERT in the RTI reply said, “The result of the D.el.ed was withheld owing to non-payment of the 2nd installment of fees to NIOS by the Sarva Shiksha Abhigyan (SSA). The reason for non-payment was on account of the SSA insisting that the NIOS submit all supporting receipts and vouchers, for the money already released. However, the NIOS expressed it’s inability to do so saying that the Utilization Certificate which they offered was their standard practice which all other states accept and Nagaland could not be made an exception.”
The release informed that a RTI reply by Nagaland Education Mission Society Samagra Shiksha, Appellate Authority (No. NLD/SS/ESTT/RTI/2019-20/4 Dated Kohima, the 24th Sept. 2019) said, “SSA is the funding agency and any anomalies found in the Utilization Certificate submitted by the Director, SCERT Nagaland, may seek clarification from the implementing agency (SCERT) and not from erstwhile SSA”.
“While the two departments (SCERT and SSA) are blaming each other, the teacher trainees are made to suffer,” it said.
The RTI Initiative Nagaland demanded the Department to refund the money (Rs 6000) collected from the teacher trainees and at the same time issue their training certificates within 20 days, failing which it will approach the Lokayukta. (Page News Service)

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