Srinagar: The Masters appointed under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) are without salaries for the past one month-courtesy inability of Chief Education Officers (CEO’s) to send requisition to the RMSA directorate for release of the funds.
Pertinently, the CEOs have been given several reminders by RMSA directorate to submit their requisitions for release off funds, however, there is no response from the CEO’s.
“The CEO’s have around Rs 50 crore funds unutilized under various components and are delaying their requisition for salary of masters. In this situation masters have been made as scapegoats,” an official said.
Also, another reminder was sent from the administrative department of school education department to CEO’s to send requisition of for funds but of no avail.
“The delay in release of funds may lead to major crises as all the funds will get lapsed after March 31,” an official said.
The officials said the matter was brought to the notice of CEO’s verbally as well as officially to impress upon them to furnish the requisite information, but all the agencies concerned failed to deliver.
“With the result, RMSA directorate could not release the salary of RMSA masters and Headmasters beyond January 2018,” the officials said.
Since the financial year is coming to an end, the funds will get lapsed which will have adverse impact on the finances of the scheme in future, the official added.
“And MHRD will release the salaries to the state to the extent the funds are utilized in 20017-18. So the delay on part of CEO’s to utilize the funds properly will prove detrimental for the smooth functioning of the scheme in future,” the official said.
Secretary school education Farooq Ahmad Shah when contacted said the department has received the details of funds from CEO’s of 10 districts and salary of masters and headmasters will be released in shortest possible time.
“We will take action against CEO’s if they failed to furnish their statement on time as funds have to be released before March 31,” he added.