Schools with forged attendance records to be prosecuted within 2 months: State Education Minister Vinod Tawde

The schools will be treated for the offense under the Indian Penal Code Section 420 for cheating the government and being benefited by government grants and facilities despite forged attendance

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On Friday, November 30, State Education Minister Vinod Tawde declared that the schools with forged attendance registers across the state will be prosecuted within two months. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ashish Shelar stated that the regulation to take action against such schools was introduced in July but the order was not being followed due to lack of implementation by the officials.

In response to the questions of passive nature of the institutes towards the law, Tawde made the announcement to take action. Earlier, the government had conducted a survey that revealed that around 1,404 schools lacked even 50 per cent student attendance. Accordingly, a regulation to cancel the recognition of such schools and take action against schools with forged attendance was passed.

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Shelar has also demanded that such schools should be prosecuted under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 420 as the government had been cheated by such institutions.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said,

The forged attendance records by schools are a sign of cheating towards government and should be prosecuted for unlawfully using the grants and other facilities by the state government. As Shelar stated, the schools will be charged with IPC 420 for cheating and alongside, we will also consult the legal experts to ensure that such problems do not arise in the future. All the schools will be punished within two months.”

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