Cheques given by CM to toppers bounce, officials deny claims
LUCKNOW: A number of cheques distributed among various board examination toppers by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on May 29 were allegedly turned down by the banks citing various discrepancies.
In some cheques, the names of beneficiaries were wrongly mentioned by government officials while in others the signature of authorities did not match with their actual signature in bank records.
An official who did not wish to be named said a total of 1,700 cheques were distributed out of which about 18-20 had been dishonoured by banks.
One of the beneficiaries, Akash Dwivedi, a topper from Pratapgarh district who got eighth rank in UP Board high school examination, tweeted on June 12: “CM Yogi gave me a cheque of Rs 1 lakh in Lucknow. But the cheque bounced.”
Akash even tagged the CM and his deputy Dinesh Sharma in the tweet. In Lucknow, one of the ISC Board toppers claimed on condition of anonymity that she also faced inconvenience as the bank held back her cheque because the signature of the officer in the cheque did not match with the bank records. Refuting reports, additional chief secretary Sanjay Agarwal claimed only two such cases had come to light which had been solved.