Following reports of scam in pre-matric scholarships funds in Jharkhand, the Minority Affairs Ministry has initiated an investigation into the same. The scam was disclosed by a national daily released in a series of reports with instances of fraud in distribution of the pre-matric scholarships sanctioned by the ministry for 2019-20. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren also said that he would order an inquiry into the scam.
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the ministry was in touch with Jharkhand state government and had initiated an inquiry. He also pointed out that the ministry had put in checkpoints to ensure that the money reached the beneficiaries and had done everything to ensure that the process was transparent. With the state carrying out the verification process the union minister said the ministry was in touch with Jharkhand government on it.
The news report had stated that minority students in the state have been being flummoxed in the centrally-funded scholarship with bank staff, middlemen, school and government employees involvement. CM Hemant Soren had blamed previous BJP government for the scam while BJP denied the charge.