Corruption in education: Teachers education council asks staff to declare income and assets

National Council for Teacher Education

To curb corruption and bring in greater transparency, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has asked all its employees to furnish details of their income and assets including property that will be put up on its website.

According to sources, the council has over a period of time received a number of complaints regarding corruption and the move is aimed at checking that.

“All the employees have been asked to provide details of their incomes, vehicles, property and its present market price. Data for three years has been sought from them so that it can be compared with the previous years,” said a senior NCTE official.

The council is responsible for providing recognition to B.Ed colleges and teacher training institutes. There are 11474 such institutes in the country. In the past, NCTE has been accused to processing applications for recognition out of turn. At the same time, a number of inspecting teams had members of questionable credibility and in some cases affiliation was granted even to non-existent colleges.

Once the data of assets is complete it will be put on the NCTE’s website and the figures provided by the employees will also be monitored and compared to their income levels, sources further said.

“Generally too they are supposed to furnish such data but many people don’t do it despite reminders. But this time we have decided to put it on the website so that it is in public view,” added the official.

In case there are cases that look suspicious they will be put on a watch list and will be monitored closely. Employees at all levels including deputy secretary, under secretary, section officers among others have been asked to provide information.

The issue of corruption in NCTE has been raised in the Parliament too, in the past. In 2015, the then HRD minister Smriti Irani had informed the Lok Sabha that after reconstitution of the NCTE in May 2013, a vigilance wing was established in NCTE headed by Chief Vigilance Officer to look after the vigilance cases against the officers/officials of NCTE and in its Regional Offices.

“The Vigilance branch takes necessary measures in the cases of irregularities that come to their notice. In order to ensure transparency in the functioning of the NCTE, several steps have been initiated such as the online submission of applications for grant of recognition, on-line payment of fees and processing of applications in chronological order, etc”.

 

 

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Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores

Russia Asks Apple, Google to Remove LinkedIn From App Stores
Accusing LinkedIn of flouting local laws that require Internet firms to store data on citizens within the nations borders, the Russian authorities have asked Apple and Google to remove the professional networking site app from their online stores.

Recently, a Russian court blocked the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn service for breaching the country’s data protection rules.

According to The New York Times, Apple has confirmed that it was asked to remove its LinkedIn app in Russia about a month ago.

“However, Google has not confirmed if it had removed LinkedIn in Russia but said that it adhered to Russian local laws,” the report added.

Meanwhile, LinkedIn responded that the company was “disappointed” with the decision by Russian regulators to block the service.
“It denies access to our members in Russia and the companies that use LinkedIn to grow their businesses,” Nicole Leverich, a spokeswoman for LinkedIn, was quoted as saying.

LinkedIn has several million users in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple removed the New York Times from its app store following a request from Chinese authorities claiming the app was in violation of regulations.

China is known for banning digital sites like Facebook and Google that it believes harm its national security or promote misinformation. The Wall Street Journal’s Chinese-language site has been blocked since 2014.

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PM Modi Asks Youth of the Nation to Help Make India a Cashless Society

PM Modi Asks Youth of the Nation to Help Make India a Cashless Society
HIGHLIGHTS
“Take pledge to be a part of a cashless society from today,” Modi said
Modi wants the youth of the country to lead the campaign
Youth urged to teach at least 10 families everyday how to go cashless
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the youth of India to take a pledge and make the country a cashless society that would curb rampant black money and corruption.

“I need your support,” Modi said in his monthly radio broadcast “Mann Ki Baat” and asked young men and women of the the country to teach at least 10 families everyday how to go cashless and make electronic payments.

“Take pledge to be a part of a cashless society from today. Not only this, you will also have to take time to educate at least 10 families everyday. Educate them on how to download apps, how to spend money using mobile phones, how to make payments. How to do business.”

(Also see: PM Modi Asks Country to Embrace Electronic and Mobile Banking)
Modi said that he needed the youth of the country to lead the campaign so that “common people will be trouble fee” after learning cashless transactions.

“All youth of India can do it very quickly and within a month the world can see a modern India. Be a soldier of change and bring it on. We will fight the black money and corruption. We know it is you who can bring the change and revolution.”
The Prime Minister was speaking in the backdrop of his government’s decision to scrap high value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 aimed to curb graft and unaccounted wealth amassed by tax evaders in the country.

Tags: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Demonetisation, Mann Ki Baat, Cashless, E Wallet, Mobile Payment, E Banking, India, Internet, Apps

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PM Modi Asks Country to Embrace Electronic and Mobile Banking

PM Modi Asks Country to Embrace Electronic and Mobile Banking
HIGHLIGHTS
The PM suggested that mobile should be used for the banking purposes
All statutory 4,041 urban local bodies urged to shift to e-payments
Cities and towns account for 75 percent of the 40 crore urban population
Giving a push for the country to go digital, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed the people, particularly the youths, to embrace e-banking and mobile banking for cashless transactions.

“Time has come for everyone, particularly my young friends, to embrace e-banking, mobile banking and more such technology,” PM Modi said in a tweet before his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address to the nation.

(Also see: Paytm Resumes PoS Service; Rules Out Rate War at Payments Bank)

The Prime Minister suggested that mobile should be used for the banking purposes.

“My mobile… My bank… My wallet,” Modi said.

The central government on November 8 demonetised old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes to crack down on black money holders. The move led to a cash chaos in the country.
In the meanwhile, the central government has asked all statutory 4,041 urban local bodies to shift to e-payments at the earliest, an official said on Sunday.
The Urban Development Ministry said these cities and towns account for about 75 percent of the total 40 crore urban population in the country, according to a communique from the ministry .

(Also see: Government to Push for Activation of RuPay Debit Cards)

The government’s message to the officials of these urban local bodies was conveyed by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Urban Development, via interactive video-conference.

Senior officials from the states also participated during the half-day interaction on various aspects of ensuring cashless transactions.

Tags: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Demonetisation, E Banking, Mobile Banking, Mobile Wallet, Apps, India, Digital India, Internet

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