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DIET missing funds: Mizo Zirlai Pawl lodges corruption complaint

Probe demanded into alleged anomaly in financial management from the District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) office in Kolasib

Aizawl: The Kolasib headquarters of Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) lodged a complaint with the state’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) seeking a probe into the alleged anomaly in financial management and "missing funds" from the District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) office in the district.

Speaking to reporters at Kolasib Press Club on Saturday, Kolasib MZP president Zosangliana Rokhum said the student body has sought information from the director of State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) through RTI according to which the directorate released Rs 164.05 lakh to Kolasib DIET during 2013 to 2018.

During the course of investigation by the student body it was discovery that there were irregularities and anomalies in financial management due to which many funds were missing, he said.

He said that FIR was filed with the ACB on 28 February based on the anomaly in financial management by the Kolsib DIET, which was reflected on the RTI reports, asking the investigating agency to probe into the matter, he added.

Rokhum said that the RTI report given by Kolasib DIET was not similar to the one given by SCERT or directorate.

While the SCERT stated that Rs 164.05 lakh was alloted to Kolasib DIET for the period 2013-2018, the district institute in its RTI report said that only Rs 25.27 lakh was received for in-service training during the same period, he said.

This has clearly indicated that there was anomaly in financial management, which resulted in the lost of many fund, he alleged.

In October, 2018, Rokhum said that the student body has sought information on the amount of fund received for conduct of in-service training and number of in-service training held during the period 2013-2018 through RTI, he said.

The student body also sought information on attendance sheet of the trainees, he added.

Rokhum said that names of many teachers, who already passed away and got retired, were appeared on the attendance sheet.

He added that many teachers, who did not attend the in-service training during 2013 to 2018 were recorded as attending the training and their signatures were forged by a single person.

He further stated that subsequent investigation also revealed that a hall which was stated to be used for a training was not actually used for the purpose.

He alleged that substantial amount of the Rs 164.05 lakh sanctioned to the institute were missing.

Rokhum also said that the student body has also last year appealed to the institute principal C. Vanlalmawia to get transfer from Kolasib for his sexual harassment case, which the latter refused to do so.

He added that they approached state education minister Lalchhandama Ralte and Kolsib constituency MLA K Lalrinliana over the issue and appealed them to look into the matter.