Monday, May 6, 2013

RTI: UP exceeded school toilet budget by 900%

RTI: UP exceeded school toilet budget by 900% 

The Uttar Pradesh government has spent 900 per cent above the budget allocated for building school toilets under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, with nearly 60 per cent of the total Rs 32.25 crore going to just one district.
Under the central government scheme, Rs 24,000 per unit was allocated for constructing 1,538 toilets during the five year period from 2007-08 to 2011-12, which comes to Rs 3.69 crore. However, an RTI response reveals that the state government spent Rs 32.25 crore for the work during the period.
Nearly 60 per cent of the funds (or Rs 19 crore) released during the period went to Agra district, while the rest was distributed in the remaining 74 districts of the state, an RTI response from the Basic Education Department has revealed.
Jyotiba Phule Nagar and Kashiram Nagar, both named after Dalit ideologues, were among four districts which were not allocated any funds for building toilets in schools even though the BSP, which christened them, was in power for almost the entire 2007-12 period for which data has been provided.
The details received by Lucknow-based RTI activist Urvashi Sharma show that under SSA, Rs 32.25 crore of central funds were released by the state for building toilets in schools which comes to about Rs 2.09 lakh per school, nearly nine times or 900 per cent of the budget. - See more at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rti-up-exceeded-school-toilet-budget-by-900-/1105755/#sthash.eryB0AG7.dpuf

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