AAP alleges corruption in Uttar Pradesh Education Ministry; PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi also on list

Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said that at a time when poor people of the state were struggling and losing their lives due to the pandemic, the scam took place under Basic Education Minister Dr Satish Dwivedi.

Satish Dwivedi Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister
Basic Education Minister in Yogi Adityanath government, Satish Dwivedi has been under fire from opposition.

Continuing its attack on the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh, Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has alleged corruption in the basic education department of Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a press conference today, Sanjay Singh alleged that Rs 9 crore was withdrawn from the funds meant for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya at a time when these schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “You will be surprised to know. Between 11th February and 31st March, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya, which is for girls belonging to scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, backward class and for educating the children belonging to deprived classes, was closed due to the COVID pandemic. But during this period, money was withdrawn to provide the meal, fruits, vegetables, milk, soaps, oil, stationery to the students who were not even present in the closed schools,” claimed Singh.

He said that at a time when poor people of the state were struggling and losing their lives due to the pandemic, the scam took place under Basic Education Minister Dr Satish Dwivedi. Sanjay Singh claimed that Rs 9 crore were withdrawn from the schools’ funds despite the zero presence of students.

“Rs 84 lakh were withdrawn in Bareily, Rs 74 lakh in Bijnor, Rs 68 lakh in Devariya, Rs 31 lakh in Fatehpur, Rs 18 lakh in Ghaziabad, Rs 96 lakh in Gonda, Rs 31 lakh in Kashi Ram Nagar, Rs 23 lakh in Mau, Rs 26 lakh in Meerut, Rs 39 lakh in Muradabad, Rs 76 lakh in Pratapgarh, Rs 63 lakh in Rae Bareily, Rs 38 lakh in Sant Kabir Nagar, Rs 26 lakh in Shravasti, Rs 46 lakh in Sonbhadra, Rs 44 lakh in Sultanpur, Rs 47 lakh in Unnao, and Rs 37 lakh in Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi,” he said reading a letter sent to the Basic Education Officials by Director-General, Education.

He claimed that Satish Dwivedi is the Minister in-charge of Sonbhadra and money was withdrawn in this district as well.

Satish Dwivedi has been under attack by the opposition in recent weeks after it came to light that his brother was given a government teacher posting while several underpaid land deals surfaced in the name of his mother and brother.

“If you want a land of Rs 23 lakh 61 thousand for just Rs 8 lakhs, then become a minister in the Adityanath government. Minister Satish Dwivedi has bought this land in the name of his mother. Adityanath ji, your government is very strict and it beats the vegetable seller to death for breaking the lockdown. Don’t you see this corrupt minister?” said Sanjay Singh sharing the alleged land deal document.

He also shared another land purchase document claiming that Satish Dwivedi’s brother has bought land worth Rs 20 lakh 86 thousand for just Rs 12 lakhs.

The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and the basic education minister himself are yet to respond to these allegations.

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