Deputy CM Regrets Callous Attitude of SSA & RMSA Implementing Agencies

   

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The flagship programmes of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), envisages  construction of Primary School Buildings, Middle School Buildings, Additional Class Rooms, Cluster Resource Centre and Block Resource Centres, but to utter disappoint, the performance in implementing the programmes is bleak.

This is what deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand found while reviewing the programmes in four districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban and Udhampur.

While taking first hand information from Chief Education Officers and Zonal Education Officers, Tara regretted the callous attitude of the concerned officials.

It was observed in the meeting that, of 6891 works under SSA in these four districts, 3446 are yet to be completed and of these 1632 works are not started until now.

Among other works, the most sluggish progress was noted in respect of construction of additional class rooms. “A total of 4059 Additional Class Rooms were to be constructed in these districts, of which, only 1354 have been completed,” was noted in the meeting.

Not only the infrastructure, even drinking water facility at 939 locations has inordinately been delayed and only 349 Schools have been reported to be covered.

It is pertinent to mention here that the programme had started in 2003-04 and the target kept on accumulating to lackadaisical approach of field functionaries.

While reviewing the financial progress of the SSA, Tara was surprised to see the extent of unspent balance pending with CEOs and ZEOs. It was transpired in the meeting that and amount of about Rs 62 crores was lying unspent in these districts on account of non-start of various works.

Under RMSA, deputy CM was informed that only two buildings under upgradation are likely to be completed in June 2013 in these four districts. Under the scheme of strengthening of existing high schools, most of the works are yet to be completed.

While addressing the meeting, Tara instructed the District Development Commissioners to take fortnightly review meeting regarding these flagship programmes and asked them to mobilize their Additional DDCs to monitor and submit monthly reports to Administrative Department. He also asked them to verify the existence of constructed buildings and report about their specifications as already directed.

While noting poor attendance and enrollment in schools, the Deputy Chief Minister made it Mandatory for all the schools to organized monthly Parent -Teacher meetings and instructed all ZEOs to conduct panchayat wise awareness programmes in these areas for mobilizing 100 per cent enrollment particularly of the girl child. He also emphasized that a ten minute moral lesson should also be taught in the daily morning assembly in schools.

The Deputy Chief Minister also emphasized submission of all pending UCs and render red accounts expeditiously. The DDCs have been asked to monitor it periodically.

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