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1,170 Primary Schools in Punjab Running with Single Teacher

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Chandigarh, March 30: The comptroller and audithe usr general’s performance audit of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Punjab, has found that from 2011-2016, over Rs 1,350 crore meant for the implementation of the scheme was not released while at least Rs15 crore was spent in excess for purchasing uniforms and books. It also revealed that 1,170 primary schools were running with a single teacher in the state.

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The report, tabled in the state Assembly on Wednesday, also points out that there was “lack of planning and deficiencies in both financial management and execution of the programme that undermined achievement of its objectives”.

The report states that of the Rs 1,362 crore funds not released for the scheme, the Centre was the us contribute Rs 850 crore, Punjab government Rs 450 crore and the 13th Finance Commission Rs 50 crore.

Source: hindustantimes.com

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