Midday meal scandal in the hill

Kalimpong: The midday meal scandal that had surfaced during the heydays of the Gorkha National Liberation Front came under the scanner once again after the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League took up the issue involving Champamaya Primary School. The ABGL and local units of various political outfits raised their voice against the issue.

Midday meal scandal in Champamaya Primary School
Midday meal scandal in Champamaya Primary School

ABGL general secretary Pratap Kahti today accused the concerned department of inaction despite some Rs5.14 crore being misappropriated during the days of the GNLF. He said the ABGL had then exposed education department secretary Lakpa Ringden for embezzling funds meant for 102 primary schools in the hills. While Ringden is still absconding, the CBI has failed miserably to make any progress over the issue, noted Khati.

Slamming the development model in the hills, the ABGL leader alleged almost every development project including the Sarvashiksha Mission is being mismanaged by the administration. He also expressed deep concern over the declining standard of education in the hills. Khati cited a leader saying he has quit teaching but still draws his salary.

The Communist Party (Revolutionary) of India also demanded strong measures against those involved in the midday meal scandal at Champamaya Primary School. CPRM leader Mohan Poudyal said, “Corruption is increasing by the day in the hills. The school shows 40 students in its roster but it hardly has more than four.”

He accused the administration of complacency and urged the public to wake up and take notice.

When contacted, hill Trinamool Congress leader Nanita Gautam claimed she was not aware of the Champamaya case. Sources have said midday meals at Champamaya School have not been served since the past one year.

Source: EOI

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