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CAG suspects fraudulent payment of Rs 18.98 crore to SC/ST students in Haryana

Pointing out irregularities in the disbursement of scholarships to the SC/ST students of higher education in Haryana, the CAG suspects “ fraudulent payment of Rs 18.98 crore was made by manipulating Aadhaar numbers of students”.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
March 17, 2021 4:19:59 am
The CAG report for the year ended on March 31, 2019 was tabled in the Assembly Tuesday.

Pointing out irregularities in the disbursement of scholarships to the SC/ST students of higher education in Haryana, the CAG suspects “ fraudulent payment of Rs 18.98 crore was made by manipulating Aadhaar numbers of students”.

The CAG report for the year ended on March 31, 2019 was tabled in the Assembly Tuesday. According to the report, a performance audit of the Post-Matric Scholarship schemes implemented for providing financial assistance to SC/ST students pursuing higher studies brought out deficiencies in planning and financial management, inadequate scrutiny of applications of students, irregularities in disbursement of scholarship, suspected fraudulent payment and weak monitoring mechanism. “The department (concerned) did not evaluate the outcome/effectiveness of the scheme,” mentioned the Haryana Accountant General (audit) office in a statement.

According to the statement, a payment of scholarship of Rs 9.65 crore was suspected to be fraudulent as their details could not be verified with supporting records.

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