JAMMU: While the BJP-PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir is struggling to evolve consensus over the issue of illegal settlement of Rohingya Muslims in and around Jammu, another startling revelation that hundreds of Rohingya children are enrolled in government run schools seems to have stung their sympathisers.
The revelation also exposes double speak of the alliance government over this sensitive issue.
On one hand the State government has constituted teams and Group of Ministers to prepare their database and on the other hand deliberate silence is being maintained over comprehensive database already available with the government departments.
Till date no government machinery had revealed this fact in the public domain that these children have been admitted in large numbers in the government run schools.
Ironically, the State government had even waived off monthly school fee of girl child up to class XII. The boys are depositing monthly fee at the rate of Rs 100 up to class V and Rs 200 up to class VIII.
In-depth investigations carried out by the STATE TIMES reveal that in order to ensure admission of these Rohingya children, their sympathisers have allegedly forged their affidavits and had even submitted their outdated refugee certificates in school records.
Before verifying the credentials of Rohingya Muslims, whose children have been admitted in the government schools, it ought to have been thoroughly investigated who actually had signed these affidavits on behalf of Rohingya Muslims, majority of whom are illiterate and cannot even speak or write Hindi or English.
It is no secret and has been confirmed by the State Home Department that some Srinagar and Delhi based NGOs are working with these illegal immigrants and extending them financial aid and running different courses. Volunteers working with these NGOs could have played some active role in ensuring admission of these children in government run schools as they enjoyed patronage of higher authorities at the helm of affairs.
Some of the affidavits and refugee certificates, assessed by the STATE TIMES clearly reveal that all these affidavits have been stamped by the same Notary Aditya Nanda on March 31, 2017 and most of them carry signatures of parents in running English handwriting.
Now the question is under whose pressure these forged documents were used by the J&K School Education Department to grant admission to these illegal immigrants.
Rough estimates suggested more than 200 children of Rohingya Muslims are admitted in different schools in Narwal area in Jammu outskirts.
In Government Middle School Karyani Talab, 80 per cent students belong to Rohingya Muslims. The BJP MLC Vikram Randhawa too had visited the school recently and had accused the previous State governments for pressurising the school authorities to enroll these children.
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