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Minimizing stipends of students to purchase books under SSA : NSUI submits deputation
Minimizing stipends of students to purchase books under SSA : NSUI submits deputation
PHOTO : NSUI submits deputation to the Higher Education Department against the decrease of stipends of the students. TIWN Pic Nov 28

Agartala, November 28 (TIWN): National Students' union of India (NSUI) on Friday had submitted a deputation to the Higher Education Department protesting against the decrease in the stipend amount of the English medium schools to cover up the multicrore scam of RMSA.

They had claimed that, though, the State government says stipends are an “important incentive” for students to help their studies, also an important part of a Central Govt's guidelines, but State Govt themselves are depriving the students. It is to be mentioned here that for Bengali medium based school, NCERT were providing the books. And for English Medium stipends are provided to purchase books. The amount provided for this purpose, in the year 2012-13 from class 1 to 5, Rs 1165, and Class -5 to 8-Rs 1705. But surprisingly this year the amount was reduced for class 5 to 8 to a total of Rs 150, and 6-8 to a total of Rs 250. So, they demanded that within 7 days all the students should be paid back the differential amount. Otherwise NSUI will adopt a democratic way to establish the proper rights of the students.

On the other hand, some of the guardians of the English medium schools had rejected to take the limited amount as a token of protest. Besides that it is to be mentioned that  this sudden reduction of stipend money created whispers among the people, that whether the Government had taken the steps in order to fill up funds(to adjust balance sheets) the scandal of the multicrore scam of RMSA. On the other hand, the Government is not elaborating the actual amount of money which was looted in the RMSA scam.

It was found that Arnab had withdrawn 96 cheques, but no enquiry had been called by the then DDO, Ambalika Dutta. As 96 cheques cannot be withdrawn from by using a  single cheque book. Therefore the question arises, that despite of being informed that such a large scam process is going on, why the higher officials was unable to take preventive measures ? Though, on the other hand, even if cheques have been issued with forged signatures, is there none to check the accounts regularly?

There seems to be twist here. Debasish Dam is the responsible officer to maintain all the accounts and payments updated. Has he done his duty properly? Surely not as in that case Arnab's issue would have come to the lime light much before. Actually Debasish Dam, has been made as Accounts Officer under the recommendation of a heavy weight Minister and thus nobody dares to touch him.  


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