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Education for all still a distant dream: CAG

CAG painted a grim picture of Centre\'s Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan programme as they failed to implement the scheme.

Published: 07th April 2012 04:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:22 PM   |  A+A-

JAMMU: The Comptroller and Auditor General has pulled up the Jammu and Kashmir government for financial irregularities, fund diversion and non-monitoring of Central education programmes, saying that it has resulted in education for all a "distant dream" in the state.

"Despite all efforts of Government of India and State Government, education for all still remains a distant dream," the CAG report for the 2010-11, which was tabled in J&K Assembly recently, said. The CAG painted a grim picture of the Centre's flagship programmes Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan and mid-day meal in the state as the government failed to implement these schemes.

"Non-preparation of long and short term plans based on ground realities, non-monitoring of schemes at all the levels and inadequate internal control mechanism had hampered the implementation of the programmes at school and zonal levels," the report said.

The auditor further revealed that government has conducted a mid-term appraisal of the ongoing Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan and mid-day meal schemes for possible corrections. "Cases of financial irregularities, advances paid and await adjustment accounts, diversion of funds, abandoned school buildings resulting in unproductive expenditure were noticed in a large number of cases, which had dented programmes implementation," it said.

The official auditor also found the huge unspent balances at every level. The report revealed that 3,256 habitations (12 per cent) at the state-level were without any schooling facility. Though the teacher-pupil ratio in test-checked schools was 1:12 and within the prescribed norm of 1:40, 718 schools out of the 7,016 institutions were run by one teacher only, it added.

Despite an increase in the number of government schools, the enrollment of students had decreased, it said. Private schools are given preference by parents owing to the lack of infrastructure in government schools.



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