‘Peraks don’t exist anymore’

SBM Scheme Has Been Closed Long Back: Education minister

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 25 2018 12:48AM | Updated Date: Feb 25 2018 12:48AM
‘Peraks don’t exist anymore’File Photo

The ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has stopped the allocation of funds to the state government under Sakshar Bharat Scheme (SBM).

The scheme was closed in 2017 and the union MHRD has decided not to release the pending honorarium paid to the peraks engaged on volunteer basis in various districts.

A government of India (GoI) initiative, the SBM was launched with much fanfare to create a literate society through a variety of teaching-learning programmes for non-literate and neo-literate of 15 years and above.

Meanwhile, the minister for education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday ruled out any possibility of getting funds for peraks who were earlier engaged “on volunteer basis.”

“They (peraks) don’t exist as they were voluntarily appointed at one particular time and were to be paid honorarium by government of India under the scheme,” Bukhari said.

He said Peraks were not paid any salary but honorarium on the basis of their “voluntary engagement.”

“But the scheme has been closed by government of India long back and they have refused to release any funds under the scheme,” he said. 

He also said the pending honorarium will not be released as the central government has closed its allocation to all the states.

The school education department had engaged around 5000 peraks in JK to achieve the targets of cent percent literacy.

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