Hyderabad: All India Congress Committee (AICC) Spokesperson Dr. Sravan Dasoju has alleged that the TRS Government was circulating a tampered and fake report to hush up the role played by Globarena Technologies and Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) in the discrepancies in valuation of intermediate exams. He also alleged that Education Minister Jagadish Reddy, Principal Secretary Janardhan Reddy and TSBIE Secretary Dr. Ashok were directly responsible for the entire goof-up and therefore, they must be punished.
Addressing a press conference, along with TPCC Working President Ponnam Prabhakar and Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, at AICC Headquarters in New Delhi today, Sravan claimed that the three-member committee, headed by Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS) Managing Director Venkateshwar Rao, has submitted a comprehensive report of 110-page. He said all pages of the report were signed by the Committee members. The report has exposed several flaws in the valuation process and also made several recommendations. However, Sravan said only a 10-page unsigned report was circulated in media circles to hush up the original findings of the committee. This report was presented by the same people who should be made accused for large scale discrepancies in the results.
Accusing the TRS Government of playing with the lives of lakhs of students, he alleged that students and their parents were still being misled by Jagadish Reddy and TSBIE officials. He demanded that the original report be placed in the public domain immediately.
He said that the three-member Committee had recommended revaluation and recounting under the supervision of an independent agency. While setting aside this recommendation, the State Government has assigned the job to the same Globarena Technologies which has emerged as the main culprit in current fiasco. Further, the Committee has suggested setting up of a Helpline with IVR features and an online form on the TSBIE website. It has also advised setting up a dedicated server for intermediate results. Despite giving an impression that the State Government was implementing the recommendations made by the Committee, not a single step has been taken by the TRS Government to undo the injustices done with lakhs of intermediate students.
Sravan said that no action has been taken against the Globarena Technologies whose crime has been clearly established in the probe conducted by the three-member committee. Instead, efforts are being made by the government to shield the private firm. He disclosed that the Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education (TSBIE) has awarded the contract of crores of rupees to Globarena Technologies without even having a proper or legal agreement. This was clearly disclosed in the report submitted by the committee. But the TRS Government appears to be in no mood to take action against either the Board officials or Globerana Technologies.
The Congress leader has also accused Minister Jagadish Reddy of misleading the people with wrong statistics of revaluation and re-counting (RV & RC) last year. In an interview given to a newspaper on April 26, Jagadish Reddy had claimed that of 24,690 applications received last year, the mark sheets of only 796 candidates were changed. Calling this claim as a blatant lie, Sravan said that as per the information secured by one Vinod Kumar Gupta of Shahinayatgunj (Hyderabad) from the TSBIE through RTI query, a total of 20,465 candidates had applied for RV/RC in IPE March 2018 and another 5,192 for IPASE May 2018 and the marks of 6,419 candidates were changed. He said the statistics furnished by the TSBIE itself shows discrepancies in the mark sheets of more than 25% students. However, the minister is trying to downplay the reality by furnishing fake figures, he said.
Sravan reiterated the demand for a judicial enquiry into the matter. Further, he said it would be injustice with lakhs of students if action is not taken against the Education Minister, Principal Secretary, TSBIE Secretary and Globarena Technologies.