4.98 crore Scholarships sanctioned without verifying registration records: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its report has revealed that a sum of 4.98 crore was distributed as scholarships to students without verifying their registration documents.

According to the CAG report scholarship of 4.98 crore was sanctioned during the period 2008-12 in favour of 2342 students who had pursued computer courses viz computer Hardware Maintenance level course  and other software courses in private computer institutes without being registered with National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology( NIELIT) had been overlooked by the department before sanctioning the scholarship, which resulted in un-authorised payment of 4.98 crore.

 As per the scheme guidelines any student intending to pursue the recognised post-matric computer courses like CHM-0 level (Hardware), O,A& B level (Software) of NIELIT through private recognised/accredited computer institutes/centres has to get himself registered with NIELIT which issues a unique registration number to such students.

Before sanctioning post-matric scholarships in favour of Scheduled Tribe students, the Directorate of Tribal Affairs was required to scrutinize the claims of students by verifying whether the students were actually registered with NIELIT.

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