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Students pay bribe for Akhilesh laptops

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Piyush Srivastava

26 June 2013

Corruption has no limits, at least in the  hinterland of Uttar Pradesh. The flagship scheme of Akhilesh Yadav government  meant to distribute free laptops to Class XII pass students of UP Board has  turned out to be a new means of minting money for college authorities across the  state.

There are complaints from almost every  district that college administrations are demanding bribes from students for  registering their names to avail the benefit.

Acting on most recent complaint from Amethi,  Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, a team of  district administration on Wednesday recovered Rs 1.58 lakh from the shelf of  Sri Brijraj Sahodar Degree College and arrested a clerk, Krishna Gopal, for  collecting Rs 1,000 each from newly admitted students for listing them to  receive a laptop. The chief minister is supposed to distribute it to these  students next month.

District magistrate of Amethi (Chhatrapati  Sahuji Maharaj Nagar) Jagatraj confirmed that the college authorities were  collecting Rs 1,000 from each student to register them to receive the laptop. 

“A clerk was arrested and the money has been  seized. Further inquiry has been ordered against the college authorities and  preliminary legal proceeding has been initiated,” he said.

“We were receiving complaints from students  that the college authorities were demanding bribes. So a team was constituted  under SDM Ajay Kumar and ASP Ravi Chaturvedi. The clerk was caught red-handed.  Many students have also registered their statements against the college  authorities,” he further said.

Similar cases were unearthed in almost every  district of the state, including Etawah, Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar and  Lakhimpur Kheri, in the past.

 

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