Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Monday requested the state city growth division to submit a proposal in order that the Delhi authorities’s directorate of schooling (DoE) can take over faculties run by the three BJP-ruled municipal firms in case they did not “carry out their main duties” equivalent to paying salaries to academics and distributing textbooks to college students.
The minister, who additionally holds the schooling portfolio, stated the civic our bodies have been “diverting” funds offered for schooling by the Delhi authorities for different functions.
In a letter to city growth minister Satyender Jain, Sisodia stated, “I’ve acquired complaints that the faculties run by municipal firms, particularly North Delhi Municipal Company, haven’t but distributed textbooks to high school kids. The allegations towards the civic physique, if discovered true, are critical and nobody can play with the lives of younger kids… It’s unlucky that even after a lapse of 5 full months in the course of the tutorial yr 2020-21, textbooks are but to be offered to kids, which might play havoc with their lives.”
Sisodia alleged that the municipal company had did not pay salaries to its academics and concern books to college students even after the Delhi authorities gave them the required funds.
“The Delhi authorities has paid Rs 853 crore for main faculty schooling to the three municipal firms and bulk of the share, i.e Rs 393.three crore, has been offered to North Delhi Municipal Company. The cash was to be spent on the wage to the academics and offering textbooks to the varsity kids. There are a number of information experiences that neither the academics acquired their salaries nor the scholars acquired their textbooks,” he stated.
“If for some cause, the municipal company is unable to carry out their main responsibility, steps are to be taken by the city growth division for taking up the faculties by the directorate of schooling, Delhi authorities. As an alternative of paying big grants to the municipal company, which divert the funds offered by the Delhi authorities for different functions, it might be acceptable within the curiosity of scholars and academics that the faculties are taken over and run straight by the DoE,” Sisodia stated within the word.
“An motion taken report back to be submitted on the earliest within the matter,” he added.
Senior officers in municipal company stated the allegations of “diversion of funds” have been baseless and the delay in distribution of books occurred because of the lockdown between March and June.
Ira Singhal, spokesperson of the north company, stated, “Earlier than Covid-19, we had positioned an order to buy books nevertheless it turned out that the charges had been revised. We once more submitted the proposal for approval from the schooling committee and the mayor. This was stalled attributable to nationwide lockdown owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The brand new buy order has now been authorised by the mayor and the schooling committee. Books can be distributed to the scholars newest by the primary week of September,” she stated.
Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana stated, “This has been one in every of their agendas ever since they got here to energy within the Delhi authorities…they’re struggling to offer important services and infrastructure. The federal government ought to inform individuals of Delhi why funds haven’t been launched to the three civic our bodies.”