Lucknow: Despite the government’s attempt to boost the primary education for children between 6 and 14 years by implementing Right to Education, one cannot ignore the harsh reality in Uttar Pradesh that the basic education system has been crippled by corruption.

Be it the construction of school buildings, mid-day meal scheme or the printing of textbooks, the traces of corruption is quite evident in all the issues. In maximum cases, the failure to take the required steps by concerned authorities has bolstered the intentions of corrupt officials.

The Estimate Committee of Assembly has already apprised the Mayawati Government of the misappropriation done during the construction of classrooms and boundaries of the approved primary and upper primary schools in Mathura’s Chata block during 2008-09 and 2009-10.

The probe committee which was formed by the state government during its visit to the site found that neither the departmental guidelines were followed nor the prescribed procedures were given the due importance. Rather huge amount of money were amassed by the officials.

While the probe committee has found the Assistant Basic Education Officer guilty, the State Project Director of the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyaan, Mathura’s District Basic Education Officer and officer of Department of Finance and Accounts were recommended for suspension. However, no action has been taken against the alleged officials.

The High Court has handed over the investigation of mid-day meal scam in Mainpuri district to CBI. The amount of money involved in the scam can be gauged from the fact that the institution which was supposedly supplying the mid-day-meal to the schools in the form of conversion costs has been paid an amount of Rs 7.6 crore.

Moreover, the institution has lifted 43 thousand quintals of cereals in the period. The CBI officials are investigating the role of three district collectors and two Chief Development Officers (CDO) in this scam.

Sensing the strict approach of the court, the Mainpuri administration has suspended BSA Kendian Ram.

Similar is the case of printing of books. The case is such that in the present educational session even before the completion of tender process, a publication in Jhansi has started the printing of books. The scam in the tender process has forced delay in the printing process of the books. And despite a report being sent to the government in this regard, no action has been taken as of yet.

Students turned out to be major sufferers in the issue as they were deprived of the books till September 15.

(JPN/ Bureau)