Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Probe Fund Misuse in SSA, RMSA Projects'

'Probe Fund Misuse in SSA, RMSA Projects'

Published: 21st February 2014 08:11 AM
Last Updated: 21st February 2014 08:11 AM
Activist T J Abraham has urged the government to order a CID enquiry into the alleged misappropriation and misuse of funds earmarked for various civil works under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Abraham pointed fingers at an engineer working in the two agencies and said the government has lost nearly `717.5 crore because of the the misappropriation.
Civil works such as additional classrooms, computer rooms, toilets, labs, libraries, drinking water facilities, were to be provided to high schools in the state under these schemes, and the four-year delay in implementation by four years has deprived poor students of their right to these basic facilities, Abraham alleged. 
“The delay has also stopped further grants from the Ministry of Human Resource Development,” he said.  Abraham said that former state project director of SSA, Subodh Yadav was transferred while he was trying to unearth these issues.  “Yadav had gone ahead to terminate the centralised PMC and tendering. But before he could work it out, he was shunted out of the department,” he said.
Abraham called on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to absorb the existing 234 engineers into the Education Department for proper implementation and monitoring of the projects.
He also urged the CM to absorb the 1,671 teachers already with the department on contract basis and to regularise the services of data entry operators.

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