MLA beneath lens in scholarship rip-off

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 7

The position of former IAS officer and Congress’ Phagwara MLA Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal has come beneath the scanner within the multi-crore SC post-matric scholarship scheme fund disbursal rip-off.

Under query is a re-audit carried out by the state Social Welfare Department (SWD) that finally led to “questionable” fee of Rs 16.91 crore to 14 non-public academic establishments. Dhaliwal was then the Director, Social Welfare.

Wait for probe

We ought to look forward to the probe being performed by a committee constituted beneath Chief Secy. Whatever I had completed was proper. —Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Phagwara MLA

The fee was launched in September 2019 on the premise of tampered signatures of one other IAS officer, Devinder Singh, who changed Dhaliwal on August 30, 2019, months after the re-audit was introduced by Dhaliwal.

In May 2018, a particular audit of the funds disbursed throughout the earlier SAD-BJP authorities (2012-2017), performed by the Finance Department (FD) on the directions of the Council of Ministers, had reported a restoration of Rs 8.53 crore from the erring establishments.

Subsequently, the SWD performed the re-audit of 14 establishments on the premise of an inner observe signed on July 2, 2019, by Dhaliwal, Deputy Director Parminder Gill and different sub-ordinate workers. A scrutiny of paperwork suggests on April 16, 2019, FD’s directions to the SWD to conduct an audit of solely these establishments that had been omitted in its particular audit had been “misconstrued” to allegedly profit the establishments.

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