Centre to enroll 1 crore kids under SSA

New Delhi, March 21 | Updated: Mar 22 2006, 05:30am hrs
The Centre intends to enroll 1 crore children in age group of 6-14 years in schools in the next fiscal under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme.

Other aims of the programme would be to create 5 lakh additional classrooms and recruit 1.5 lakh additional teachers in 2006-07. Cumulatively, there will be 34 classrooms and 42 lakh teachers till end 2006-07.

This was revealed in the Outcome Budget 2006-07 of the eight flagship programmes of the UPA government, presented by the finance minister P Chidambaram in Parliament on Tuesday. The Outcome Budget set the targets of the projected outcomes of the flagship programmes in terms of quantifiable physical outputs.

The Budget 2006-07 provided Rs 5348 crore for the Mid-day Meal Scheme, which is being universalised. Twelve crore children are expected to benefit from the scheme in the next fiscal. Adequate quantity of foodgrains will be allocated and released to states based on enrollment. The finance ministry has recently taken new initiatives to make the programme more effective and transparent. One of this is the decision to involve the mothers of school children to take turns to supervise the preparation and serving of the meal.

As far as the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are concerned, the Budget provision of Rs 4543 crore would be used as many as 5635 operational projects and through 7.44 lakh Aanganwadi centres. There will be a total of about 5 crore beneficiaries of the programme, including over 4 crore children.

Out of Rs 11,300 crore provisioned for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, Rs 10,556 crore will be made available for providing wage employment guarantee, against which Rs 1056 crore would also be available as state share. Hence, Rs 11612 crore would be available for 2006-07 to provide 100 days of guaranteed employment to 1.16 crore rural households and generate 116.12 crore mandays. NREGP is set to be implemented in 200 notified districts.

Expecting Outcome
5 lakh new classrooms and 1.5 lakh additional teachers under SSA
Mothers of school children to supervise the preparation and serving of meal, under the Mid-day Meal Scheme
ICDS to cover 5 crore beneficiaries, including over 4 crore children
As for the Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission, the outlay for 2006-07 is Rs 5200 crore. In the year, 1120 non-covered habitations would be covered under the scheme. Besides, 17,000 partially covered habitations and 40,000 slipped back habitations would be covered.

Under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the relative proportion of grant by the Central government would be higher for large cities. As for cities with 4 million plus population, the cost of the project would be equally shared by the Centre and the states, while the states are expected to contribute more for smaller cities and towns.

Mr Chidambaram has noted in the foreword to the Outcome Budget that the Development Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC) constituted by the Planning Commission would closely monitor the progress in delivering the intended outcomes of these flagship programmes. The finance ministry would provide necessary assistance to the committee.