Corp's Poor Money Skills Revealed
By Meera Manu | Published: 25th December 2013 10:10 AM |
Lack of vision in formulating and executing projects has caused a huge drain from the pockets of the City Corporation in the 2011-12 financial year. Money amounting to crores was spent lavishly to get the announced projects carried out in a hurry. Pan through the expenditure figures of many projects in the education sector, and how things were handled with little regard for the stipulated result gets unveiled.
Just for the sake of creating certain projects, ‘unfruitful’ events such as seminars, training programmes and melas were conducted, while strict instructions are in place that programmes incurring unnecessary expenses should not be implemented, observed the Local Fund Audit report.
An unauthorised Rs 1.74 crore was the expense towards providing breakfast and mid-day meal to the aided and government schools. The civic body’s contribution for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) project ‘Padanaveedu’, the learning centres for students, ended up at an unwanted expense of Rs 8.92 lakh. When the computer training programme for government teachers misused the project share, the documents to prove that the science education programme was carried out were not available.
‘Padippura’, devised to start evening study centres for Scheduled Caste students, is evaluated in the report as ‘not implemented’, declining the Rs 1.29 lakh spent for it. Implementing officer and council members are said liable to remit this amount equally.
Subsidy guidelines and store purchase manual were violated in buying sports equipment for registered sports clubs. Sports equipment was distributed to schools without ensuring the needs and lacked transparency.
Violating government orders, an unapproved project of creating sports teachers bank was carried out. A loss of Rs 4.14 lakh occurred as a result of not approving the quotation quoting the lowest rate for the supply of lab equipment. Selection for a computer training programme for Scheduled Caste students was done by the computer centre instead of the ward-level committees.
When milk supply to government/aided schools and nursery schools under the Corporation obstructed Rs 32.08 lakh, the absence of documents in disbursement of Manas-Vikas scholarship restricted the expense of Rs 99.13 lakh.
The project ‘Nagaram Sangeetha Sandram’ to make available musical instruments and training in selected lower and upper primary schools and another project for regional history study missed their targets. Absence of proper planning blocked Rs 3.38 lakh as the aid for the students’ police cadet project.
Violating the project guidelines and government order, money was withdrawn from treasury for the ‘Pathaam Tharathil Noorumeni’ for tenth standard students. A film festival was conducted instead of the film awareness camp and the expenses amounted to Rs 3 lakh. Non-availability of utility certificate regarding the Corporation’s contribution for SSA project and expenditure documents for ‘Mathrukavidyalayam’ blocked Rs 1.60 crore and Rs 6.08 lakh respectively. Kerala State Literacy Mission was granted fund against the directive of Continuing Education Project and it ended up blocking an expenditure of Rs 7 lakh.
The report said that infrastructure development, improving learning atmosphere and development of playgrounds of educational institutions were ignored.
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