DDC reviews Education Sector in Anantnag

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ANANTNAG:  District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Saugat Biswas today reviewed the implementation of Centrally Sponsored flagship programmes Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan component wise at a meeting held at the district headquarter.
The physical, financial targets and achievements of 2013-14 and proposed targets of 2014-15 were discussed in detail. It was given out in the meeting that against the availability of Rs. 991.54 lakh an expenditure of Rs. 747.57 lakh has been incurred under RMSA while against an availability of Rs. 8665.65 lakh an expenditure of Rs. 7899.39 lakh has been incurred under SSA ending March 2014.
Giving details through power point presentation Chief Education Officer, Gh. Rasool Shah, revealed that under SSA against cumulative target of construction of 739 Primary school buildings 643 have been completed upto ending March 2014 while work on 90 primary school buildings is under progress. Under the same scheme against the cumulative target of 122 middle school buildings 107 have been completed and work on 15 is under progress. Against cumulative target of 1913 additional class rooms 1304 have been completed while work is under progress on 609.
Chief Education Officer further revealed that under centrally sponsored flagship programme of RMSA against cumulative target of construction of 43 school buildings for upgraded secondary schools, 15 buildings have been completed while as work on 23 is under progress.
Against an outlay of Rs. 1301.07 lakh under Elementary Education an expenditure of Rs. 1239.65 lakh has been incurred upto ending March 2014. Under secondary education, Rs. 698.87 lakh have been spent against the allocation of Rs. 718.10 lakh and Rs. 8.37 lakh have been spent against the allocation of Rs. 13.10 lakh under Teacher Education up to ending March 2014.
Under District Plan 2013-14, Rs. 142.63 lakh were spent on construction of walling to various schools with regard to protection/safeguard of school children. 54 works stand completed, upto ending March 2014 while 31 works are under progress. Besides 747 BPL girl students have been covered under “Beti Anmol” scheme and a financial assistance of Rs. 16.54 lakh have been provided to them.
Pahari Speaking students have been provided scholarship to the tune of Rs.31.08 lakh, while Rs. 98.06 lakh has been provided to Gujjar and Bakerwal students under the same component. Rs.6.22 lakh have been provided as merit scholarship among 1st, 2nd & 3rd position holders of 9th to 12th class students during the last year.
Under the Midday Meals scheme as many as 91195 students were covered from class Ist to 8th as per MDM norms for which Rs.635.30 lakh stand spent against the allocated funds of Rs.756.97 lakh. Textbooks were provided free of cost to 77744 students from class 1st to 8th thereby incurring an expenditure of Rs. 39.39 lac during 2013-14. The DDC has already set-up Niabat level committees to monitor the mid-day meal scheme in every school.
Biswas, who is also the Chairperson of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan informed that the Zonal Education Officers henceforth will pay personal attention to the development and maintenance of libraries in all schools, to the working of the Gender coordinators with a view to increasing enrollment of girl children, proper utilization of funds for Teaching and Learning Equipment and Material, and Teacher Grant. He further informed that red accounts of expenditure incurred on various heads under SSA such as Community mobilization has been called from all ZEOs along with outcomes of these expenditures.
He directed SE R&B to speed up the construction of left over school buildings under RMSA, so that school going children do not face any kind of difficulty which is the main motive behind the centrally sponsored schemes.
DDC also directed for integrating the common people with educational setup by organizing fruitful community mobilization programmes. He also directed for conducting of special enrollment drives to streamline the “drop out” and never enrolled children especially girls. DDC also directed Chief Education Officer to ensure fort-nightly progress/expenditure reports from concerned headmasters. Implementation of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), in letter and spirit has been asked for.
DDC instructed for providing of drinking water facilities to left-over schools at an earliest. District Development Commissioner stressed upon implementation of District Development Board decisions under education sector and ensure transparency at all levels.
The meeting was attended by the Additional District Development Commissioner, Joint Director (Planning), SE R&B, Ex. En R&B, Khanabal /Vailoo and Qazigund all the ZEO’s and other concerned officers.