The Anamika Shukla counterfeiting has insinuated the formation of a dedicated team to verify documents of all teachers seeking recruitment in government schools. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has asked constitution of a separate team to authenticate documents submitted by appointed teachers. Schools, besides Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV), coming under the purview of secondary education, higher education, basic education and social welfare will fall under the scrutiny.
“We will follow a zero-tolerance policy (on fraud and corruption) and action will be taken immediately,” commented Awanish Kumar Aasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, at a press conference in Lucknow. The scam came to legal notice when a number of impersonators used forged documents of Anamika Shukla to bag jobs in KGBVs and other schools in Uttar Pradesh. On further probing, it was revealed that one ‘Anamika Shukla’ was simultaneously working in 25 different schools in UP.
Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force (STF) has been appointed with the responsibility of finding out the “larger nexus” involved in the recruitment scam.
The real Anamika Shukla who was never employed as a government teacher, however, has submitted all her documents to Gonda Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA).
“I came to know through the media that several people were using my documents and working as government teachers. I am the real Anamika Shukla and hence, I came with my original documents to the district Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA),” Shukla told reporters.
At least six teachers claiming to be Shukla have withdrawn salary amounting to Rs 12,24,700.
Culprits Parshotam and Rajbet from Maainpuri are yet to be arrested.