CM’s all terrain bike scheme proved selective, allege students

After Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  formally launched ‘All Terrian Bikes’ scheme for boys on July 30, many students have alleged that they were dropped from the list despite having higher percentage of marks than the students in the list.

The Department of Education in Budgam had submitted the list which included the students who have secured 83 percent in matriculation exams. However, last minute changes in the list meant that the student who had secured 83.2 percent of marks was dropped from the list.

“At the last moment I was informed that I cannot go the inauguration function at SKICC on July 30. When I asked why, they replied that your name has been dropped from the list,” Nayeem Ahmad, a student said.

“Few days earlier, I was asked to submit my mark certificate and then later in the evening they asked that you can’t attend,” said Ahmad.

The officials at the district Budgam, while talking to the Kashmir Vision said that the elimination of a name from the list is a ‘human error’.

“We have taken the notice of the issue. It was a human error from the school side. They have provided us with wrong list. Now we have asked the particular student to submit his document, so that we can verify it,” said an official at Chief Education Office Budgam.

After launching the scooty scheme for girl students last year, Mehbooba Mufti had announced launch of a similar scheme for meritorious boys in schools.

While as over 100 such bikes were distributed to the meritorious students of various districts of Kashmir province and some 650 eligible meritorious students in the State would be getting these bikes under the scheme.

Meanwhile, the officials at the CEO Budgam said that only few students were selected for the official ceremony at SKICC Srinagar, while the rest will be getting ATBs from the district office of Budgam.

“Only few were selected for the official ceremony. Rest of the students who were not invited for the official ceremony will be getting All Terrain Bikes from the district office here”, CEO Budgam, Rouf Ahmad Shahmari said.

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