In a significant development the Union government has set up a committee to look into the problems faced in implementation of Government of India-funded Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and other educational schemes in Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmir News Service (KNS) has learnt that after the reports of mismanagement in execution of some schemes including the SSA in the state the new government in New Delhi has set up a high level committee to look into the Central government sachems and their implementation.
“There are reports about irregularities and misuse of funds of some schemes including the SSA in the State. The committee which has been constituted will look into all aspects,” sources said.
Sources said that the many school buildings under the SSA are not completed in J&K. “The construction works were either left half way or they were not taken up at all”.
The SSA aims at universalizing education at elementary level. The State’s tardy progress in SSA came under sharp criticism at the Public Accounts Board meeting for Jammu and Kashmir for 2011-12, held in New Delhi in May last year.
The minutes of PAB meeting, had, revealed that while cumulative completion rate was only 43 percent, the expenditure booked was 96 percent. It brought to fore that only 5951 primary school buildings were constructed in the State under the program against the target of 10178.
Similarly, out of 1119 upper primary school buildings, only 723 were completed and only 6239 additional classrooms were constructed against the target of 15354.
Besides, 6985 schools are building-less (without own buildings) in the State.
The sources also said the government of India is also monitoring other central schemes meant for universalizing education at primary and secondary level in the State.