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Now, software to keep tab on donations to govt schools

Now, software to keep tab on donations to govt schools

Pavan M V, TNN Jul 24, 2012, 04.52AM IST

MANGALORE: Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) of Dakshina Kannada district is developing software to keep a tab on money contributed by donors for the welfare and development of schools.
Dakshina Kannada district has 932 government schools. In the past one year, the schools have received a good amount of donation. Between April 2011 and March 2012, these government schools received Rs 5.53 crore, which includes Rs1.83 crore from organizations like Infosys, Wipro, banks. It also includes government funds.

SSA district project coordinator N Shivaprakash said, to prevent misappropriation of funds the department is developing the software which will be over in July and its usage will commence from August. "We have details of funds released by the zilla panchayat and SSA to schools, but we do not have complete information about other funds, released through taluk and gram panchayats, MLAs, MP funds, and others donated by various government departments, organizations and donors as these funds directly reach the schools. The new software will help to monitor how schools utilize funds for various works," he said. It will be installed in all block education offices (BEOs). The BEOs will have to update the details of money received from donors, Shivaprakash said, adding that as soon as BEOs enter the details, the information will be updated immediately at the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office.

The new initiative is aimed at bringing transparency in the implementation of government schemes in schools as well as utilization of funds received through donation. Money donated will be used for repair works of school buildings, distribution of notebooks to students, construction of toilets and for other development works of the schools, he said.

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