Mumbai: To weed out
bogus pupils, the Maharashtra government Monday initiated a drive
to verify the number of students on the rolls of aided private and
government-run schools, an official said.
The move follows the discovery last month of bogus students on the
rolls of some schools, which exploited the 'inflated' numbers of
pupils to secure more aid from the government.
"The verification drive is being conducted for three days - till
Oct 5 - simultaneously all over Maharashtra to ascertain whether
the government grants are being utilised properly or not," the
official from the education department told IANS.
The report of the verification drive is expected to be submitted
from all district headquarters to the education department by the
end of this week.
The education department sleuths are being provided local police
security wherever required, but no problems are anticipated, the
The drive comes following a revelation last month that in Nanded
district, nearly 20 percent students did not 'exist' on the rolls
but the schools availed huge grants in their names.
A similar verification campaign has been initiated in Mumbai
suburban district where nearly one million students are enrolled
in around 1,800 aided private schools.
The grants given to the schools are spent to meet expenses like
salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff, building rents and/or
maintenance, uniforms, books, stationery, and meals given to the