Poor planning, continuing vacancies and delay in release and utilisation of funds made the implementation of RTE Act suffer in the national capital, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out.
In a report tabled in Delhi Assembly today, the CAG has revealed that, “a performance audit conducted from 2010-16 brought out that effective implementation of the Act suffered due to poor planning and preparation, continuing vacancies as well as delay in release of funds and its utilisation.”
“The government failed to complete the mandatory household survey to collect and maintain a database of all children from their birth till they attain the age of 14 years and link it with mapping of schools for the purpose of determining and establishing neighbourhood schools,” it said.
The CAG has noted that there was delay and short release of funds by the Union HRD Ministry and the Directorate of Education (DoE) to the “Universalisation of Elementary Education Mission”.
“Provisions relating to special training of children and for children with disabilities or those belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups were not adhered to,” the CAG report said.
Other anomalies pointed out in the CAG report include non-utilisation of sanctioned funds for construction of additional rooms and toilets in MCD schools, 22 per cent of sanctioned posts of teachers and librarians being vacant, ineffective monitoring of implementation of the RTE Act and uniforms, textbooks and writing materials not being distributed to all students.