Saturday, December 15, 2007

RTI reveals education tax diverted in Tamil Nadu

The information collected by the Catalyst Trust, a voluntary organisation devoted to clean politics, good governance and citizen awareness, and the Citizens Centres that have come up under its aegis, gives rise to fears of diversion of crores of rupees collected as education tax. Here is a sampler: In 2006-07, the Chennai Corporation collected Rs 60.30 crore as education tax, of which Rs 30.11 crore has been coolly transferred to general account, and Rs 6.39 crore shown as unspent, in spite of many schools subsisting in woeful conditions. Apparently, only Rs 24 crore was spent on education.

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