Work abandoned midway on 55, not initiated on 27
Srinagar: Out of 99 residential schools for disadvantaged girls sanctioned under the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme in J&K ten years back, buildings for only 15 have been completed so far. Two of the KGBVs have not been made functional so far.
Officials said that work on 55 other buildings was abandoned midway due to cost escalation over the last nine years.
“Nine out of 55 schools have been taken up for construction during the year 2017-18 and work is under progress,” Abdul Rasheed War, State Project Director Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan told Kashmir Reader.
After the union ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) sanctioned the schools, War said the state government could not identify land for the buildings as a result of which majority of the schools were running on rent.
Some of the schools are running from the District Institutions of Education and Trainings (DIETs), others are currently operating from the government schools and other buildings,” War said
No work could be initiated on 27 other projects for lack of land and cost escalation over the years.
“In the scheme there is no provision for buying land. Either village education community or state has to arrange land for these buildings , once they will provide us land we start constructing of school,” War said.
However, efforts were being made to work out additional Rs 33.73 crore and another Rs 27.63 crore for completion of abandoned 55 buildings and Rs 6.10 crore for 27 buildings on which work has not been started yet.
According to official data, 4265 girl students were enrolled for the year 2016-17 in 97 KGBVs against the target of 6600 children. 4230 girl students are enrolled for the year 2017-18 in 97 KGBVs against the target of 6600 children, where in 289 SC, 1478 ST, 720O BC, 1582 BPL, 1343 Minority & 35 CWSN girls are enrolled.
KGBVs are residential schools for disadvantaged out of school girls at upper primary level. MHRD had sanctioned 99 KGBVs in 2009. Out of them 97 were made functional. KGBV Kharu, Lehand and KGBV Kishtwar are yet to be made functional.
The target girls for KGBVs are disadvantaged girls, SC/ST orphans, general category orphans, girls coming of SC/ ST BPL families and girls of general community BPL family.
“All the logistic arrangements have already been made at such schools and the engagement of female staff at these schools has been ensured. The community has willingly donated the land at various places for construction of buildings and the constructional activity is on,” War added.