Two SIE lecturers suspended for exam fee embezzlement

Probe initiated against former Principal
SRINAGAR: Two employees of the State Institute of Education (SIE) have been suspended by the directorate of school education for alleged embezzlement in funds while a former principal is being probed for misappropriation of funds in the institute.
Sources said that the directorate of school education Kashmir (DSEK) in order no 1685-DSEK-2016 suspended two employees in SIE while former principal SIE too will be probed into financial embezzlement and misappropriation in the institute.
While Fayaz Ahmad, lecturer in statistics posted at GHSS Budgam and Hilal Ahmad posted at SIE Srinagar have been put under suspension, “strict disciplinary action has been sought against Javid Ahmad, former priccipal of the institute, they said.
In 2014, the SIE claimed that they incurred a total expenditure of Rs 19,47,558 for holding eighth standard Term-2 annual examination which were never held as the valley was deluged.
While the inquiry on the claimed expenditure was being done, the department of education ordered maiden audit in July 2016 of the SIE which showed gross financial irregularities.
The report, in possession of Kashmir Reader, exposed massive discrepancies in the working of SIE.
In Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a centrally sponsored scheme, the report pointed out that interest to the tune of Rs 4.28 lakh has not been transferred to the SSA account since July 31, 2007.
The audit report says that details of Rs 44.60 lakh transferred in favour of 12 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) of the Kashmir under SSA were not made available to the audit team on its requisition.
“Electricity charges to the tune of Rs 42.04 lakh have been paid on flat rate, against the government instructions that the payment of electric charges be made as per reading shown by the energy metre in the office premises. This has led to creation of a liability of Rs 9.46 lakh,” the audit report reads.