The Education and Welfare Ministries joined employees of the Sde Chemed organization, Sunday, in supporting the appointment of a temporary receiver to operate the hareidi Agudat Yisrael faction's Sde Chemed agricultural youth village association in Rishon Letzion. In petitioning the Petach Tikva District Court, the employees claimed a series of irregularities in the running of the organization.
The Ministry of Education told the court that more than 400,000 shekels it transferred to the association for student transportation did not reach their intended destination nor were they returned to parents of students who were eligible for a subsidy. It was also reported that instructors were reported as students, resulting in double billing. Double billing was also reported in a program funded by the Welfare Ministry. An Education Ministry attorney informed the court that the ministry cut the association's budget to offset more than half a million shekels in reported redundancies.