Government Corruption Destroying Education in Delhi: New Report

Students of a Government School in New Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman
Students of a Government School in New Delhi. Photo by Rakesh Raman

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Massive corruption in the Delhi government headed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is the main cause of deteriorating education standards in Delhi.

This was revealed Sunday by a socio-political group Swaraj India which has launched a campaign ‘Jawab Do, Hisab Do,’ to fix accountability of government officials.

The campaign findings claim that Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has cut down on all scholarship schemes meant for dalits (economically weaker sections of society).

The Swaraj India report says that Kejriwal’s AAP government is working against the interests of dalits, as it has reduced the number of state scholarships for dalit students by more than 75,000.

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“Swaraj India’s expose of Delhi government’s bogus claims on education have left the government and the party bosses rattled,” said the Swaraj India party in its statement.

It further states that instead of presenting their views, AAP leaders are using uncivil language and smear campaign against Swaraj India.

“It is ironic that the (AAP) leaders are using this uncivil language against the media and Swaraj India, all in the name of improving education. If this is the kind of education they wish to promote, God save Delhi from this transformation!” Swaraj India said.

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Swaraj India alleges that major frauds are happening under the scheme for providing education loans to students. In a particular case, the Delhi government spent Rs. 30 lakh on loan advertisements, but only 3 students were given loans in a negligibly small amount.

Misuse of public money is also a form of corruption. And the Kejriwal government is wasting a lot of public money to spread false propaganda about the education in Delhi.

While Kejriwal’s government claims that it is adding more classrooms in schools to accommodate more students, there is hardly any qualified school teacher in Delhi government schools who could provide the right education to students. How will rooms help?

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Moreover, according to Swaraj India, Kejriwal’s AAP had promised in its election manifesto that it will make 500 new schools in Delhi, but it could make only 4 so far.

Seeing the defiant attitude of all the government officials in Delhi, Swaraj India says it has launched the ‘Jawab Do, Hisab Do‘ campaign.

In this month-long campaign, the party says, the common man of Delhi will demand accountability and answers from the governments and their representatives.

The party has planned to cover 10 lakh (1 million) household of the national capital Delhi. The team of party volunteers will establish a dialogue and connect with the common people in Delhi.

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The campaign aims to understand their core issues and work towards addressing them in a positive and meaningful way, said the party.

The campaign – which aims to analyze the real issues in a scientific data-based manner – will culminate on 12th February at the historic Ramleela Maidan (a protest site), where the party will present the real state of affairs of Delhi.

Swaraj India also will announce there its Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election program, as MCD election is expected to take place this year.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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