Funds to build schools remain unutilised 6 years after allotment
The audit report of the commissionerate of social welfare department of Maharashtra has raised several objections about the implementation of a project to build schools for students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Navbuddha categories.
Under the scheme planned in 2007, a total of 100 residential schools were to be built for SC and Navbudhha category students and Rs. 532 crores were allocated for the purpose.
However the audit report, submitted by the Auditor General of the state, shows that even after six years of sanctioning of funds, only 69 schools have been built spending Rs. 369 crores and in many other cases the funds lie unused with the public welfare department that was entrusted with the task of building the residential schools.
The audit report has also questioned the implementation of the project. It says that though the land was not available for the building but the department blocked Rs. 29 crore meant for land. Land was not made available for 12 schools.