Parbat education officer under CIAA scanner

Baglung, May 13:

The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has begun questioning district education officer of Parbat Bishnu Bahadur Dware and nodal officer Nagendra Raj Poudel over their alleged involvement in embezzlement of funds meant for the construction and maintenance of school buildings.

Though a complaint was filed at the District Administration Office (DAO) seeking action against the two for their involvement in the scam, the office sent them to the CIAA for investigation, chief district officer Hum Prasad Adhikari said.

The move was taken after a complaint was filed, seeking action against the two for embezzlement of funds meant for the construction 26 school buildings, six temporary classrooms, improvement of physical infrastructure of 16 schools and maintenance of 50 school buildings.

Demanding action against the two officers, students had blackened their face and handed them over to the DAO on Thursday. The DAO let officer Rudra Narayan Sapkota go as no complaint was lodged against him. Engineer Dinesh Thani, overseer Sailendra Chaudhari, Jaya Prakash Mandal and Arun Sinha are absconding.

Authorities of the concerned schools have accused the officials of gobbling up 20 to 50 per cent of the funds. Rs 3.2 lakh was allotted for the construction of school buildings, Rs1.1 lakh for the construction of temporary classrooms, one lakh rupees for physical facilities and Rs 25,000 for the maintenance of school buildings.