CIAA criteria for ‘fake’ paper probe

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 23:

To speed up investigation into the issue of fake certificates, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has set certain criteria for the Education Ministry to be followed in the verification process. "As per the criteria we have formed a three-member committee that is working hard to complete the task within the given time of two to six months," said Laba Prasad Tripathi, spokesperson at the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). The criteria states that the certificates from Indian boards and foreign universities should be verified first and should be done institution wise and not individually. The probe into admit cards, report cards, record of vacation approval and migration certificates also remain the other major areas.

The team will probe on whether the certificate-holder was a regular examinee. The CIAA has clearly mentioned that special attention should be given while checking documents of directly appointed persons. Resignation letters in case of fake documents being proved should be accepted while the same of those whose documents have been sent to the CIAA for further probe should be kept on hold. Ram Prasad Basyal, chief of the School Administration Unit, said the ministry had given districts authorised teams to speed up the process.

The CIAA had returned certificates submitted by the ministries back to them stating that the concerned ministries had not done preliminary investigation and the CIAA could not waste its resources on it. The CIAA was verifying 23,000 allegedly fake certificates in the education sector alone, which includes 15,000 teachers. During the past two years, 300 public school teachers have already resigned. The MoES has formed a three-member committee under the leadership of Narayan Prasad Kafle, under secretary at the MoES, a month ago.According to an official at the CIAA, the commission has strictly asked the ministry to follow the criteria and submit the results only after that. "This is the second time that the commission has given directions and we expect they follow it this time," another official said. Certificates of only 7,000 employees in the education sector have been verified so far while 137 cases are still in court.