Signifying the poor performance of the school education department, only 234 out of 636 school buildings sanctioned under centrally sponsored scheme- RMSA have been completed by the department since the inception of the scheme.
This was revealed in a written reply by the government to a query raised by MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir in the ongoing budget session of the Legislative Assembly.
Mir had sought information about the number of school buildings constructed in the state under RMSA scheme.
As per the official documents, around 636 school buildings including 305 in Kashmir and 331 in Jammu were sanctioned over the past many years however only 234 buildings have been completed so far while as the construction work on 211 schools is in progress.
The documents reveal that the department is yet to start the construction work on 147 schools while as the work done on 533 school buildings sanctioned as strengthening component under RMSA scheme for existing schools have been termed as "not satisfactory" by the competent authorities.
According to the government reply, 69 school buildings were sanctioned during the year 2009-10 financial year out of which only 44 buildings have been completed so far while as work on 22 buildings in progress. "182 buildings were sanctioned during the year 2010-11 out of which only 91 buildings have been completed wile as work on 59 buildings is under progress," reads the reply.
"Work on 99 out of 275 school buildings sanctioned during the year 2011-12 has been completed while as 130 school buildings are still awaiting the completion of work," it added..
Interestingly the union ministry of human resource development has not sanctioned any school building towards to the state during the 2013-14 given the failure of the state government to complete the previous targets.
"In 2014-15, no constriction work has been started on the 110 school buildings till date," reads the reply.
Interestingly MHRD has refused to sanction any building for the year 2016-17 owing to the pending liabilities and poor performance of school education department..
This was also admitted by the education minister Naeem Akhtar during his speech on demand for grants in education department.
"During our last PAB 2-015-16 meeting in Delhi our secretary school education was sent back by MHRD after serving him a coffee and sandwich and our proposals were not accepted," the minister had said in the Lower House.
He, however, said the MHRD in the recent PAB meeting has agreed to revise the cost of schools approved in the previous years. "Now our schools for which construction was withheld due to cost escalation will be constructed as per the revised cost."