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Only 60% of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds used

Only 60% of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds used

TNN Jul 12, 2012, 01.56AM IST

AHMEDABAD: The central government allocated Rs 1,360.35 crore for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, but Gujarat has only spent Rs 790 crore. The spending was less than 60 per cent of the allocation.
Manish Doshi, spokesperson of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee said that in the last 10 years, the union government has allotted Rs 1,360.36 crore, out of which the state government has spent just Rs 461.66 crore for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 26 districts and another Rs 325.55 crore in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara.

He alleged that the major part of the central funds had been used for civil work, which included repairs of school buildings.
Doshi said that the under-utilization of funds speaks of the education policy of the state government. He said the government is not worried about children from low income groups.
He said that the government, by not utilizing the funds properly, has thus taken away the Right to Education from poor students.
Doshi added that according to the annual report published, the government has allocated only 28 per cent of the funds for Vadodara, 21 per cent for Surat, 35 per cent for Rajkot and only 69 per cent for Ahmedabad city.
"It is crystal clear that this BJP government is not bothered about the future of poor children in cities," alleged the GPCC spokesperson.

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