An audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has blown the lid off a scam in the disbursement of SC post-matric scholarships by misusing Aadhaar cards of students.
A sample data analysis of 6,29,668 scholarship claims made by educational institutions in Punjab’s six districts – Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Moga, Patiala and Muktsar — has revealed that the Aadhaar cards of 3,275 students were used more than once under different student IDs to claim scholarship amount of Rs 15.63 crore. The claims were made by the institutions between 2015 and 2017.
In the audit report, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the CAG has pointed out lack of input validation control in the application software to reject more than one entry from the same student in the same academic year and course, resulting in repeated disbursement of scholarships.
Punjab is one of the five states where the performance audit of the SC scholarship scheme was carried out by the CAG for the period from April 2012 to March 2017.