Mangaluru, Aug 02, 2017: The implementation committee meeting towards the submission of the expenditure report for the year 2016-17 and estimation for the year 2017-18 was held at Zilla Panchayat Netravathi Hall in Mangaluru on Aug 1,Tuesday.
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Rashtriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan deputy project coordinator K Geetha Devdas presented an annual report of expenditure for 2016-17. The estimation for the works to be taken for the year 2017-18 was submitted for approval.
She said that Rs 33.39 crore has been sanctioned under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for 2017-18. Of this, Rs 64.65 lakh is reserved for free textbooks, Rs 5.18 crore towards the salary of teachers, Rs 127.93 lakh towards school uniforms, Rs 56.13 lakh for the education of specially abled schoolchildren, Rs 3.35 crore for 25% fee refund in unaided schools as per RTE and Rs 99.54 lakh towards civil works in 42 government primary schools.
A residential school has also been sanctioned for Belthangady and Rs 44.35 lakh has been reserved for the development of the school for the year 2017-18.
This apart, there are funds for civil works, school maintenance, computer training, administrative expenses, community awareness programmes and so on. Under the SSA grants, Rs 26.27 crore out of Rs 37.04 crore was spent during the year 2016-17.
More funds needed for uniforms : Zilla Panchayat president Meenakshi Shantigodu appealed for an increase in the funds meant for school uniforms, provided under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Currently, Rs 200 is given for one child, which is inadequate. There is a demand from the parents to increase the amount, she said.
Rs 2.79 cr for RMSA : Projects worth Rs 2.79 crore have been approved for the year 2017-18 under Rastriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan. Of this amount, Rs 1.09 crore has been sanctioned towards furniture, Rs 90 lakh for 169 high schools and residential schools run by the Social Welfare Department, Rs 14.94 lakh towards self-defence training for girl students and Rs 1.05 crore for the salaries of 28 teachers in the 12 upgraded high schools in Belthangady and Mangaluru taluks. Out of Rs 2.42 crore, Rs 2.10 crore was utilised during 2016-17.
The deputy project coordinator said that there was shortage of toilets in several upgraded high schools and requested to release additional funds. There is also demand from several schools for construction of additional classrooms, she said. District In-charge minister B Ramanath Rai, also the honorary president of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Rastriya Madhyamika Shiksha Abhiyan Implementation Committee, chaired the meeting. He released a VCD on school enrolment.