Srinagar: A centrally sponsored flagship schemed ‘Sakshar Bharat Mission’ which is worth millions of rupees has failed to take off due to some officials who have resorted to improper execution allegedly for personal gains.
According to highly placed sources in the education department, the officers who were at the helm of affairs have violated formalities by floating tenders for printing text books and other material without creating basic infrastructure.
“We have objected to their decision of going ahead with allocation of tenders. But they pressurized us and issued tenders ignoring our opposition to the vital tendering process,” sources associated with scheme said.
When contacted nodal officer of the Sakshar Bharat Mission, Rafiq Ahmed Matoo, he said, “Yes we have got reports about the fraud in the allocation of the scheme. We have ordered a departmental enquiry into the matter.”
The sources also said that flow of funds directly at the grass root level has been one of the major reasons for inordinate delay in implementation of the scheme, “The officials could not make money out of it as such as they were expecting” sources said.
The Sakshar Bharat Mission is a flagship programme for raising the female literacy rate in the country is to be implemented in 13 erstwhile districts of Jammu and Kashmir through State Literacy Mission.