HP schools alleged of fraud worth crores on the name of fund collection for cancer patients
Students told that hundreds of students from their school are engaged to collect funds for the NGO by their teachers. NGOs are even promising prizes to students who’ll collect handsome amount.
SHIMLA- The government and private schools in Himachal Pradesh have been alleged of fraudulent practice on the name of fund collection for cancer patients through students. This fraud is being committed in connivance with the school administration. Many government and private schools are using the innocent children for ulterior motives, revealed the allegations labeled by a Shimla-based public welfare trust. The trust demanded high-level inquiry against the erring schools along with registration of FIRs against the NGOs since they have collected crores of Rupees by using children.
Atleast four NGOs based in other states are operational in Himachal in the name of welfare of cancer patients, said the trust. As per the Chairman of the trust, Ajai Shrivastva, three class IX students of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Lalpani , Shimla came to his house seeking donations for cancer patients on behalf of one NGO Cancer Aid Society, Lucknow. When they were questioned, they told that their English teacher has allotted them the task to collect funds for the NGO. They also revealed that the NGO has promised them prizes if they collect a handsome amount. They also said that hundreds of students of their school have been engaged to collect funds for the NGO by their teachers.
When Ajai Srivastava contacted the NGO at their Lucknow number to seek financial assistance for a little girl of three years suffering from blood cancer and admitted in IGMC Shimla, the NGO official refused to extend any help to her.
The NGO under scanner has two offices in Lucknow, one national office at Delhi apart from other big cities like Bangalore, Ahmdabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad etc. The NGO official said that they collect funds for creating awareness about cancer in the society and usually do not provide assistance to individual patients.
The pamphlet in the hands of school students shows the list of award and incentives to be given to the students who succeed to collect more money. But the donors are not provided with any sort of receipt.
Shrivastva revealed that presently atleast four NGOs are aggressively involved in collection of money through school students in the different districts of the State. Their targets are government schools, private schools and Kendriya Vidyalays. Nobody knows where does the money collected by the school students go.
When Umang Foundation contacted the Director of Higher Education, he said that he has not given such permission to anybody.
The trust has asked the CM to order an inquiry into the matter and lodge an FIR against the NGOs.