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Tuesday November 29, 2011 03:40:46 PM, Aleem Faizee,


Malegaon: This is the latest news from Malegaon. No, not about terrorist attacks and bomb blasts. Not even of communal riots. The headline which is hitting the local newspapers since last few days is this. The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has caught red-handed Shaikh Nisar Ah, the Vice-Chairman of the local school board, while he was taking bribe from the board clerk, Kiran Shingare. A case is filed against him but he is now out on bail.


The incident occurred even as the horrific sound of ambulances carrying to hospitals small students who complained of nausea and symptoms of food poisoning are still in memory. These students were rushed for medical aid after consuming the poor quality food served under the Mid-Day meal scheme. Ever since this incident  people were waiting to know what action against the erring school and concerned department has been taken. The news they were waiting for never came, and amid the indications that the entire matter is 'managed', the news came that the Vice Chairman of the local school board, has been booked in a corruption case.


The Malegaon School Board has always been in news though seldom for a good reason. Last time when it hit the headlines was when it claimed to have spent millions on the infrastructure and computerization of corporation schools using the funds received from the Central Government under Serva Shiksa Abhyan (SSA). But when a check was done, it was found that the huge fund did not help those for whom it was actually meant. In whose account this huge amount has gone, is still a mystery. The mystery which could not be resolved even after 'complete' and 'thorough' checking of the School Board accounts by outside officers.


The corruption in Malegaon School Board does not limit to just misusing of the SSA funds. It is deep rooted. How much? The insiders say, for every small or big thing here money and money is only the criteria. In case of fair-sexes employed under the board it is worse. Sometimes they require to do "even more" to please the 'gang of the school board' and get things done.


Luckily for this gang, the role of the Malegaon Municipal Corporation (MMC) is not only favorable but it is actually in total contrast to what is expected. It is supposed to be a watch-dog and legally bound to be playing a role so that the things are in order or at least not out of control. But when it comes to corruption, the MMC is said to be crossing all the limits. And how? One recent incident would suffice to explain this. Few months back Rasheed Yeolewala, a sitting corporator belonging to the ruling alliance, was caught stealing the newly installed tyres in the government owned Ambassador car. Yeolewala is not an ordinary corporator. He is a senior corporator and had occupied the Deputy Mayor's post and also worked as vice president of the civic body in the past. Hence it required lots of pressure by the opposition parties and efforts by the civil society before the complaint in the police station was lodged against him. But, far from being punished, he was elected Standing Committee Chairman just few months after being caught red-handed. As Standing Committee Chairman now, he is said to be spending more time in  corporation accounts office and experimenting 'newer ways of earning'. 


Tragically for Malegaon, the series of communal riots and the terrorist attacks in 2006 and 2008 provided a convenient shelter for this inept and corrupt lot. While the entire town suffered immeasurably in the aftermath, they used these incidents to hide their criminal misdeeds. In blatant show of shamelessness, they construct plush houses and factories, drive in expensive vehicles and own acres of land without slightest realization that they are doing so on the dead bodies of the fellow citizens. 


It is unlikely that these things are hidden from the Centre and State governments. Yet, they are mute spectators to all this. Why? Its simply because Malegaon is a hotbed of 'Jihadi Terror' for them. It is the place where terrorists take shelter, intelligence officers write in their reports. Muslims don't know the art of co-existence. Wherever are they, they are violent and are fighting with others, in former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's words. Sadly, the history and records too are not in favour of Malegaon. What else a government would need to justify its negligence towards Malegaon and ignore the sufferings of people?








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