A `2-crore Leave Travel Concession scam involving 2,582 teachers has come to light in the Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh. This comes close on the heels of the medical reimbursement scam. The education department detected the LTC scam while scrutinising the bills submitted by the teachers in 2010 to claim LTC amounts for travelling to their home towns. The teachers were found to have submitted fake bills without travelling and siphoned off amounts ranging from `8,000 to `50,000 each.
According to sources, the teachers are entitled to avail of Home Town LTC facility once in every two years. The travel charges of the teachers and their family along with other incidental expenses are reimbursed by the government. In this case, the teachers did not go on any tour but submitted fake bills. The fraud was committed by teachers in 40 mandals of the district, mainly Asifabad, Khanapur, Mudhole, Mamada, Laxmanchanda, Khagaznagar, Koutalla and Bhainsa mandals.
The education department proposes to issue show-cause notices to the teachers within the next three days. It is also looking into the possible involvement of department officials.
Source: Indian Express