Crime Branch case against NGOs under PMSSS

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Srinagar:  Crime Branch Kashmir has formally registered a case against some agencies and NGOs for allegedly defrauding students on the pretext of providing them benefits under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship scheme.

Crime Branch received complaints with allegations that these NGOs have cheated students by extorting their money on the pretext of providing  them benefits under centrally sponsored Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship scheme (PMSSS). Accordingly an inquiry was ordered to investigate into the matter.

During the course of inquiry it surfaced that Government  of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development, had in 2011-12 granted five thousand scholarships to the students of J&K for pursuing studies in various institutions of the country. The scholarship was meant for the students of the State who had passed 10+2 from the J&K Board of School Education and CBSE with annual income of their parents not exceeding Rs 4.5 lac.

It further came to fore that some NGOs and consultancies developed nexus with private educational institutions of different states and under the garb of the above scholarship lured candidates and induced them to deposit huge amounts as security deposits. It was further found that the students to whom the admissions were deceitfully granted were not provided any scholarship by MHRD under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship scheme.

Crime Branch Kashmir has formally registered a case in this regard and investigation has been started to bring the culprits to book.

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