Cancer Fund Collection Scam: No inquiry against culprit teachers and NGO despite proof
Students were offered prizes if they collect fat amounts. It could be a scam worth crores as no one knows how long these schools had been using students to collect funds. The Education department has banned this activity in Himachal’s government and private schools but no inquiry has been ordered against culprit teachers.
SHIMLA- The school teachers in government and private schools of Himachal have been found sending students out into localities to collect funds on the name of donation for cancer patients without any prior consent from the Department of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh. After the matter appeared in news, the Director, RN Vinta, issued immediate direction to the principals of all schools in Himachal to stop sending students for fund collection for NGOs or any organization. However, no inquiry has been ordered against the erring teachers, neither any FIR lodged against accused Uttar Pradesh-based NGO.
It could be a scam worth crores as no one knows how long these schools had been using students to collect funds. Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation has alleged that it could be an attempt to protect the culprit NGOs and school officials. The Fondation claimed that at least four NGOs of other states were collecting funds by using school children and Himachal Pradesh has been their easy target.
As a solid proof, the Foundation had found students of Government Senior Secondary School Lalpani collecting the said funds. On being inquired, the students had confirmed that they were, like several other students, were directed by teachers to collect funds for the NGO. When the concerned NGO was contacted by Ajai Shrivastva, Chairman, Umang Foundation, seeking help for a little girl suffering from cancer, the NGO had denied help saying it spends the funds on only awareness. In other way, the NGO denied help saving a life of a cancer patient when it’s collecting funds on the name of same cause. No receipts were provided to the donor. Moreover, students were offered prizes if they collect fat amounts. The Education department, following his complaint, has banned such activities in the government and private educational institutions but no inquiry has been ordered.
The Foundation has written a letter to the chief minister Virbhadra Singh demanding immediate FIR against the UP-based NGO and erring schools of Himachal where children were exploited to collect fund in the name of a cause.