Screening Committee found 300 certificates fake
Bandipora, Jan 17: A scam of issuance of fake disability certificates has surfaced in Bandipora after a screening committee, constituted on the direction of Chief Minister, found about 300 certificates fake.
During investigation conducted by a team headed by Assistant Commissioner Revenue Bandipora, found that some employees of the Social Welfare department are also involved in issuing fake disability certificates.
The scam firstly came to light on CM’s public outreach programme when President Disability Association along with other members complained that the Department of Social Welfare is running fake disability certificate racket and are looting the poor and deserving candidates asking them to pay hefty money to get certificates to get benefits of various welfare schemes for disabled persons.
While taking cognizance of the complaint Chief Minister ordered constitution of high level committee and asked Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to personally enquire into the matter and submit the report.
While the enquiry was still going on, a girl came with her disability certificate before the screening committee to check its authenticity and was shocked after knowing that she too has been duped by getting a fake certificate.
A fake certificate was provided to Rehana Shabir D/O Shabir Ahmad of Inderkoot Sumbal under number CMOB/577 Dated 03/03/2011, which was rejected by Medical Board saying its fake. There are hundreds of such certificates which are rejected by Medical Board.
Talking to Kashmir Convener, Rehana shabir, one of the duped candidate said she had to produce disability certificate in school to appear in exams with a helper and hence she went to Social Welfare Office Sumbal for the same. He said, an employee of the office promised her to get the disability certificate in a hassle-free manner without visiting Bandipora office and demanded Rs 1500 to get the certificate, she alleged. However, she received a certificate with fake reference/serial number and fake stamps.
President Disability Association Bandipora, Nazir Ahamd said that more than 300 certificates have been found fake and this scandal is running since long and the certificates are given without consulting a medical board while fake stamps of Board members are used.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai acknowledged that fake certificates have been issued and said that during investigation they found fake disability certificates issued by some officials. He said further investigation is going on. “Whosoever will be found involved in this will be punished accordingly,” he said.