Funds crunch hit MHRD sponsored Madrassah scheme

Proposals from J&K alongside other regions turned down for now

Srinagar: Above two dozen religious seminaries (Madrassas) in Jammu and Kashmir would not get funds from government of India sponsored scheme this fiscal because of the financial constraints.
The seminaries across India are being provided a tranche of funds by the ministry of human resource development for Providing Education in Madrassas/Minorities (SPEMM). The scheme comprises of two components: Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madrassas (SPQEM) and Infrastructure Development in Minority Institutes (IDMI).
This year the school education department Kashmir was pursuing funding for 30 Madrassas. However, it was turned down owning to budget constraints, an official said.
According to minutes of the meeting of Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting held in September, the proposals received from the states for the last two financial years cannot be discussed at this stage. “However, in case sufficient supplementary budget is provided for the year 2019-20, at RE stage, these proposals can be considered,” it said.
The official said that new proposals might be taken from states in the supplementary PAB meeting in coming days.
In the meeting, the board allocated a budget of Rs 120 crore for the scheme mainly meant for clearing pending liabilities. Of them, Rs 107.88 crore is for general states, Rs 12 crore for the north Eastern region (NER) states and the rest for Union Territories. They states include Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
The liabilities of states for the SPQEM component of the scheme alone up to 2016-17 are Rs 195 crore, indicating acute budget deficit.
“The funds are not sufficient to meet the pendency for the previous years. Therefore, it was decided to distribute the allocated budget in proportion of number of Madrassas in states which have pending releases as approved by CGIAC (Central Grant-in Aid Committee/ PAB under SPQEM up to 2016-17,” reads the document quoting joint secretary, department of school education and Literacy, L S Changsan, who chaired the meeting.
Also, it said that the new proposals were not sought for the year 2019-20 due to the financial constraints.
The proportion of central to state funding under the scheme is 60:40 and 90:10, respectively for general and NER states.

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