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Assistance with sanitary napkins for boys; Strange action at school in Bihar; Authorities found irregularities


Highlight:

  • Authorities with investigation
  • The DEO said that strict action will be taken against the culprits
  • The irregularities took place in the Nitish Kumar government’s flagship project

Patna: Authorities in Bihar have uncovered a scam in which money spent on buying sanitary napkins for girls was spent on boys. The move comes after the state government diverted funds from a nutrition scheme to buy sanitary napkins and clothes for girls.

The incident took place at Halkori Sah Government High School in Saran district of Bihar. Both boys and girls are studying in the school. Raees ul Ehrar, the newly-appointed headmaster at the school, exposed the irregularities in the scheme. It is reported that many of the boys in the school were given money to buy sanitary napkins and before 2019 the new headmaster had written a letter to the DM regarding the deal. Saran district DEO Ajay Kumar Singh told a news conference.

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The school was raided under the guise of a special scheme implemented by the Nitish Kumar government. The project launched by the state government to end the dropout of girls and improve the health and hygiene of female students has received international attention. The government announced the scheme in 2015. It is estimated that the project, which costs Rs 60 crore annually, has so far benefited 37 lakh girls.

However, North Indian media reported that a large sum of money was distributed to the boys to buy napkins at the school where the irregularities took place. The irregularities in the allocation of funds to the school took place during 2016-17.

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The district administration has also appointed a two-member committee to probe the incident. District Program Officer Rajan Kumar Giri and DPO Sunil Kumar Gupta were appointed to investigate and submit a report within a week. The DEO said it would take strict action against government employees found guilty on the basis of the committee’s findings and receive the committee’s report within four days.

News agency PTI reported that Sanjay Kumar, the Additional Chief Secretary in charge of the education department, could not be reached for comment.

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