Cheques given by CM to top­pers bounce, of­fi­cials deny claims

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh -

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.

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