Tribal students exploitation: 2 officials suspended

Tribal students exploitation: 2 officials suspended

schoolRaipur,  - Chhattisgarh Tribal Welfare and School Education Minister Kedar Nath Kashyap today informed the Assembly that two officials were placed under suspension in connection with exploitation of three tribal students by a now-defunct city-based school’s director. Replying to a calling attention notice by Mr Moti Lal Dewangan (principal opposition Congress), the Minister admitted that the trio from Bastar – who were enrolled for higher studies at the Vedanta International Public School under the Jawahar Utkarsh Yojana (JUY) on the basis of merit – was working as servants at Director Satish Sharma’s Kabir Nagar dwelling for the past year. “The accused was arrested yesterday after the students were rescued on Sunday. The victims – who passed the fifth standard with 92-94 per cent average marks – never attended any class since they were brought here,” the Minister said. Facing a volley of questions particularly from adivasi members from Bastar and Leader of the Opposition Tribhuvaneshwar Saran Singhdeo, Mr Kashyap said the school – located at Devendra Nagar – was registered in 2013-14 with 350 students from classes one to 12. However, investigation revealed that the institution was closed a year back. Assuring action against officials involved in granting recognition to the school sans verification, the Minister added that a committee has been set up to look into the matter and suggest measures regarding successful implementation of the JUY for tribal students. However, agitated Congress members staged a walkout after the Minister rejected their demand for a House Committee to inquire into the incident.

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