JK subverts coaching scheme for SCs, OBCs

State Loses Central Funds Worth Crores Due To Lack Of Initiative

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Srinagar, Dec 26: With the Jammu and Kashmir Government showing dismal performance in implementation centrally sponsored schemes, another vital flagship project ‘Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students’ is yet to take off in the state due to “administrative inertia.” The scheme was effectuated by the Central Government in September this year.
According to the audit by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India on the performance of state governments regarding implementation of flagship centrally sponsored schemes, Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students is yet to take off in J&K, while other states have started availing its benefits. “The objective of the scheme is to provide coaching of good quality for economically disadvantaged Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates to enable them appear in competitive examinations and succeed in obtaining an appropriate job in public/private sector,” the audit says.
The scheme has been started in almost every state of India with funds being granted to concerned institutes for providing training to OBC and SC students. The audit reveals new courses, ranging from Certificate Course in Multimedia to Advanced Diploma in Software Technology have been started under the scheme in various institutes of the country. However, J&K doesn’t figure anywhere in the audit as it has failed to start the scheme in the state since its effectuation in September 2012.
“The scheme is implemented by the Central Government/State Governments/UT Administrations/PSUs/autonomous bodies under Central/State Governments through reputed institutions/centers; Universities (both Central and State including the Deemed Universities in the private sector) and Registered private institutions/NGOs,” the audit says.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India funds the entire expenditure treating the Scheme as a Central Sector Scheme, it states.
Under the scheme, local students are given a stipend of Rs 1500 per month while as Rs 3000 is earmarked for outstation students.
Even though being fully funded by Government of India, the scheme has never been started in J&K, informed officials confirmed. “Not only this scheme, there are dozens of such programmes that are yet to be started in J&K. It is only the lethargy of Social Welfare Department that JK is losing crores of GoI funds,” an official said.
Director Social Welfare Kashmir Bashir Ahmed Bhat said he does not have offhand information regarding the scheme.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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