Nagpur: Thirteen employees of government-aided hostels (ashram) were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Nagpur on the charges of fraud. All the arrested people were accused of inflating attendance of students at respective hostels to get benefits of government grants.
As per rules, a particular percentage of attendance of students is necessary for getting the grants offered by government for such hostels. To become eligible for the same, the accused manipulated the attendance ratio of students at their hostels. They provided manipulated attendance report of students from standard five to seven and also added fake leaving certificates. Apart from this, the accused submitted external validation certificates to prove that students from States were also enrolled at the hostels.
Those arrested by the ACB included Shrikrishna Ramdas Mate, 55, secretary of Gramoddhar Vidyaprasarak Shikshan Sanstha, Hingna, Nagpur; Mukesh Shrikrishna Mate, 30, LDC, Ahilyadevi Holkar Ashram Shala, Hingna; Amol Vasantrao Panchbudhe, 39, headmaster, Ahilyabai Holkar Aashram Shala; Damodar Ramdas Hargude, 43, primary headmaster, Ahilyabai Holkar Ashram Shala; Vijay Bhimraoji Bele, 59, retd education development officer, Ekatmik Tribal Development Project, Chandrapur; Pundlik Natthuji Raghurte, 60, retd asstt project officer, Deori, Gondia; Tejbahadur Shrawan Tidke, 51, district planning officer, Collector Office, Gadchiroli; Rajesh Bhaudas Medhram, 47, lower education development officer, Ekatmik Tribal Development Project office, Nagpur; Nilesh Jaywant Rathod, 31, LDC, Ekatmik Tribal Development Project office, Nagpur; Vasant Yaduji Bhivgade, 54, lower education development officer, Ekatmik Tribal Development Project office, Gadchiroli; Hariram Manuji Madavi, 59, retd additional commissioner, Tribal Development Dept; Ramdas Karuji Nandedhwar, 57, tribal development inspector, Ekatmik Tribal Development Project office, Aheri, Gadchiroli; and D S Nivekar, accounts officer.
Cops have arrested the accused under relevant sections and have started further investigations into the case.