Krishnagar Collegiate School headmaster found guilty for misappropriating of funds, enquiry report accessed through RTI reveals

Krishnagar Collegiate School headmaster found guilty for misappropriating of funds, enquiry report accessed through RTI reveals

Biswabrata Goswami

KRISHNAGAR, 26 JULY: An enquiry report prepared by a team of government officials under the instruction of Nadia district magistrate against the headmaster of the Krishnagar Collegiate School has been accessed through RTI application.

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The enquiry report (Memo no: 549/SSA dated 14.07.2020) has revealed that the allegation of misappropriation of funds against the headmaster Manaranjan Biswas was largely correct.

The Statesman had published a report on 9 February, 2020 where it said “The headmaster of Krishnagar Collegiate School, a reputed government high school in Krishnagar has been allegedly accused of misappropriating funds and indulging in corruption in many activities since his joining.”

Many guardians and school teachers have alleged that Manaranjan Biswas, headmaster of the school did not follow the due procedure of spending government funds. A sum of Rs 11.87 lakhs was sanctioned by the Directorate of School Education (DSE) vide its memo number 117-SC (S) Dt 25.01.2019 in favour of school for buying water purifier, materials and laboratory equipments for eight departments such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Visual Arts etc, but a gross anomalies has been detected in connection with spending funds for purchasing materials.

Mr Biswas even did not serve any notice inviting quotations from the supplying agencies. He did not form any purchasing committee or committee headed by department lab head teachers. He also ignored the requisitions from the concerned teachers of the statistics department.

Many teachers of the school alleged that Mr Biswas somehow collected some quotations from two or three agencies of his choice and purchased materials and equipment alone himself for the reason best known to him.

Following the instruction of Nadia district magistrate (Memo No: 85/1(16)/SSM dated 20.01.2020), a team of government officials conducted a probe into this matter. The team also conducted a probe on various complaints along with CMRO grievance (Chief Minister’s grievance cell) related to Krishnagar Collegiate School.

The investigating team prepared an enquiry report on the whole matter, but no steps against the headmaster have been taken yet. The enquiry report has not been given to the complainants either. Finally, an RTI application was filed and SPIO and District Project Officer sent the enquiry report to the applicants.

As per enquiry report, the headmaster Mr Biswas also lodged a complaint with Chief Minister’s grievance cell against a group of school teachers, but the officials found the grievance description as shown in CMRO complaint (dated 15/02/2020) could not be substantiated by the complainant and thus complaint may be disposed of without any action to be taken.

The officials also nullified 11 other complaints for failing to provide evidence by the complainants. The enquiry team also found gross anomalies during admission in 2018. The headmaster had admitted eight students while a notice had been issued to admit one student. “The complaints are found largely correct,” the enquiry team reported in its report.

Enquiry Report accessed through RTI :-

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