BONGAIGAON, June 25 � The Bongaigaon Deputy Commissioner ordered the closure of a dubious trust on Monday, which has been functioning here since January this year.
The Ministry of Implementation of Bharat Uday, which claimed to be a government-recognised autonomous trust, had opened its office in the northern part of Bongaigaon town beside the Chapaguri Road in January to impart free technical education to students of the State in its three sister institutions � Uday Bharat Polytechnic, Bharat Uday Institute for Self-Employment and All India Institute of Allied Medical Sciences � affiliated to the Viswakarma Open University for self-employment.
The office of the trust started appointing youths from and around the district as field officers by allegedly taking an amount of Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh from them. The trust officials deposited the amounts in their personal accounts instead of that of the trust, the local youths alleged. They have already collected money to the tune of around Rs 5 crore from unemployed youths, a bank source said.
As per allegations received, the unemployed youths who deposited the amounts were not given any appointment letters, agreement copies and money receipts by the trust. No circular for the appointment of field officers was published in any regional newspaper and the training imparted to some youths, sent by the trust from the district, outside the State was totally fake.
When a group of local scribes met the employees in the office of the trust to verify the allegations, an official could not produce a single document in support of the trust and its functioning. He asked the scribes to procure these documents from the Deputy Commissioner of Bongaigaon.
Accordingly, the scribes approached Biswajit Pegu, Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon, and requested him to look into the matter. The Deputy Commissioner verified the functioning of the trust on Monday and found that it has no permission papers from the authority concerned to run any institution. He immediately ordered the trust officials to shut their office and entrusted a magistrate to continue further investigation against the trust.
The local people have questioned the silence of student and other local organisations, which are otherwise vocal in every case of corruption and cheating, in this regard.