Auditor general's report shows special ITI scheme yet to take off
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get a copy of the audit report of the office of the commissioner of social welfare of Maharashtra.
The audit report, provided in the reply, states that Maharashtra government had announced setting up of special Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) for Scheduled Caste students in 2006 to make them vocationally capable. The institutes, to be set up in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur, were meant to have 80% of seats reserved for SC students and 20% for students from economically weaker sections of society. The RTI reply also shows that Rs. 5 crore was sanctioned for the construction of the buildings. However, the project never took off as indicated by the audit report.
The Auditor General (AG) of Maharashtra remarked that three of the ITIs were not approved by the National Board of Vocational Education (NBVE), New Delhi and the training courses could not be started.