Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rajasthan: Under-utilisation of funds halts progress of educational schemes

Jaipur: Education department’s tall claims of better implementation of its programmes and scheme fall flat if one looks at the funds utilised in the last academic session. 
 
In the elementary education department, more than 25% funds amounting to Rs1,000 crore remained unutilised during the year 2012-13. 
 
According to the available information, till February 2013, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), of the total budget of Rs3,926 crore only Rs3,030 crore was utilised. 
 
The remaining unutilised amount was meant for developing infrastructure in government schools. Over Rs550 crore was to be used for civil works but only Rs. 229 crore was spent. Also, it is reported that the central government did not sanction the full budget.
 
Similarly, under the ‘national programme for education of girls at elementary education level (NPEGEL)’, total Rs12.95 crore was to be utilised, only Rs6.68 crore was spent.
 
When contacted, BK Doshi, additional commissioner, SSA: “This is because the central government did not sanction funds. From the allocation, salaries of employees were disbursed. Actual funds utilised will be known once the total expenditure till March is prepared.”
 
Ditto with the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhayalaya scheme. Of Rs59.62, only Rs36.21 was utilised till February.

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