SIALKOT - The district administration has suspended from service 25 educators recruited on fake degrees in 2010, and recommended the Punjab secretary education to take stern action against two district officers allegedly involved in the recruitment scam.

The district administration had recruited as 1,488 educators in Sialkot district during 2010 and after the recruitment it came into its notice that several teachers were recruited on fake academic degrees.

The Punjab government had taken serious notice and ordered probe into the issue. The special probing teams conducted scrutiny under the supervision of District Monitoring Officer Amir Raza and found their degrees fake.

The DMO told newsmen that the degrees of 1,096 out of total 1,488 educators had been verified while the scrutiny of other 359 degrees was still underway. The administration has recommended legal and departmental action against DOs Muhammad Saleem Bhatti and Mrs Zareena, members of the then selection committee, for their corruption, malpractice and their direct or indirect involvement in the scam. Meanwhile, Anti Corruption Establishment has also started probe into the scam.

ANITI-POLIO DRIVE: -As many as 7,000 nomad children under the age of five years would be given the anti-polio vaccination by Health Department while visiting their cottages in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils. The three-day anti polio campaign is being launched in Sialkot district on December 8.

District Coordination Officer Muhammad Nadeem Sarwar disclosed this while  presiding over a meeting of Health Department held here to review the arrangements in this regard. The DCO said that the nomad children were being made part of anti-polio campaign.

He added that the official target of giving anti-polio vaccination was fixed 597, 924 children under the age of five years for Sialkot district during the anti-polio campaign.

District Health Officer Dr. Javaid Warraich told the meeting that 1,032 mobile teams would go door to door while 130 fixed teams at hospitals, BHUs and RHCs, 200 EPI centres, 55 transit teams at Lorry Addas, bus stops and eight roaming teams  would administer anti-polio drops to the children.