Corruption has no limits, at least in the hinterland of Uttar Pradesh. The flagship scheme of Akhilesh Yadav government meant to distribute free laptops to Class XII pass students of UP Board has turned out to be a new means of minting money for college authorities across the state.
There are complaints from almost every district that college administrations are demanding bribes from students for registering their names to avail the benefit.
Acting on most recent complaint from Amethi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, a team of district administration on Wednesday recovered Rs 1.58 lakh from the shelf of Sri Brijraj Sahodar Degree College and arrested a clerk, Krishna Gopal, for collecting Rs 1,000 each from newly admitted students for listing them to receive a laptop. The chief minister is supposed to distribute it to these students next month.
District magistrate of Amethi (Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Nagar) Jagatraj confirmed that the college authorities were collecting Rs 1,000 from each student to register them to receive the laptop.
“A clerk was arrested and the money has been seized. Further inquiry has been ordered against the college authorities and preliminary legal proceeding has been initiated,” he said.
“We were receiving complaints from students that the college authorities were demanding bribes. So a team was constituted under SDM Ajay Kumar and ASP Ravi Chaturvedi. The clerk was caught red- handed. Many students have also registered their statements against the college authorities,” he further said.
Similar cases were unearthed in almost every district of the state, including Etawah, Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar and Lakhimpur Kheri, in the past.
College authorities were charging Rs 1,000 each from students to register their names in the list.