Andhra Pradesh legislative committee on minority affairs reviewed the scholarship reimbursement to minorities students after the 56 crore scandal in AP minorities finance corporation.
A meeting of the legislative committee on minority affairs was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Congress MLA Sheikh MatanWali.
The committee unanimously resolved that properties worth 36 crore brought from the siphoned money should be confiscated and whole amount drawn fraudulentlyfrom APMFC accounts in Vijaya Bank should be retrieved back.
The committee has also demanded that officials including former APMFC managing director Ilyas Razvi be investigated by CB CID.
Other participating Muslim leaders also raised questions on the secretary of the minorities’ welfare department, Dana Kishore on the fee reimbursement issue of minority students.
MWD secretary refused to comment on the progress of the investigation as the matter is sub judice. But Kishore conceded that the department has received complaints from three districts regarding discrepancies in distribution of scholarships to minority students.
MWD secretary also assured to the legislative committee that three more minority’s commissionerates will be formed in three regions of Andhra Pradesh for speedy redressal of complains.
He also assured that fee reimbursement and scholarship distribution process will not be halted due to the scam as the work is already being directed to social welfare department and APMFC has 84 crore rupees as the government allotted fund.
Legislative committee chairman Matan Wali, was also critical of his party colleague and minorities’ welfare minister Mohammed Ahmedullah for alleged negligence in administration of his ministry. “If minority’s affairs minister has checked the functioning of APMFC at least once in a month this scam could have been averted,” said the chairman.
TDP MLC Ibrahim Masqati and congress MLC Shabeeruddin also demanded that it should be inspected that how a government institution like APMFC moulded the rules and deposited huge sum of amount in a regional bank like Vijaya Bank. They demanded that the CB CID should also investigate relationships of Vijaya Bank officials with APMFC officials.
Meanwhile, one of the two committees appointed to probe the scam in APMFC has submitted its report. The committee consisted of officials from the social welfare department, which is now handling scholarship distribution operations of APMFC.
The committee has reportedly come across many irregularities in APMFC in fee reimbursement process. Another committee consisted of auditors is expected to file the report soon. TCN