State audit finds 79,000 students deprived of scholarships

A recent audit conducted by the Auditor General of Maharashtra found that 79,316 students from scheduled caste,scheduled tribe,special backward class

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published:June 23, 2013 2:43 am

A recent audit conducted by the Auditor General of Maharashtra found that 79,316 students from scheduled caste,scheduled tribe,special backward class,nomadic/ denotified tribes of their post matriculation scholarships for 2012-13 were deprived of scholarships.

Along with mandatory scholarships,tuition fees and examination fees payable to junior college and vocational courses is also paid to students. In order to streamline the process,the state government in 2010 disbursed it through nationalised banks with core banking facility,for which the accounts were required to be opened by each student.

Since its implementation in 2010,the department of social justice and special administration has spent more than Rs 46 crore to implement the special software.

The expenditure included Rs 32 lakh for preparing the software where students can apply online for the

scholarship.

The directorate of social welfare and the secondary and higher secondary school board entered into a pact,where the latter will be providing details of eligible students by paying 0.25 paise per student. Till date,the directorate of social welfare has paid more than Rs 16 lakh for 66,64,220 students.

Due to the absence of the software,a stop-gap arrangement was chalked in 2010-11,where 4,64,101 students from 19,767 colleges furnished their bank account details were given scholarship. In that year,47,049 students did not get the scholarship amount.

The auditor observed that many students are being denied scholarship due to lack of proper disbursement method. “The system of E scholarship is prepared to get the scholarship to eligible students as early as possible. However,the disbursing authority is taking time. During 2011-12 ,44,572 students could not get the scholarship. In 2012-13,79,316 students who filed the application could not get the scholarship (32.23 per cent),” the report said.

The department said they have arranged for a meeting with the director of accounts and treasury to streamline the system and to link up the scheme with budget distribution system to cut fraudulence.

On the report,Commissioner of Social Justice RK Gaikwad said the report said the scholarships for the SC were distributed on time. “We have managed to streamline the process and there are no issues,” he added.

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