NGOs demand funds

The members of Karnataka State NGOs Federation on Wednesday alleged that several not for profit organisations working under ‘Samanvaya Shikshana Yojane’ had not received any funds.

The Union government introduced the programme in all the States in the year 2009 roping in the NGOs.

They were asked to appoint teachers for disabled children at government and aided schools.

The organisations appointed a teacher for every five-ten special children. Students of class IX and X were taught under the programme.

However, in March 2013 the Union government came out with an order stating that programme will be merged with Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA). All the teachers employed under the Samanyava Shikshana Yojane lost their jobs, Secretary of the Federation, Basavaraj S N said at a press meet here on Wednesday.

1,226 teachers

“Around 91 NGOs were part of the programme in Karnataka with 1,226 teachers teaching about 7,606 disabled children in the last four years. The Union government has to release Rs 68.34 crore to the NGOs,” he said.

Vishveshwaraiah M, a member of the Federation, said the NGOs have paid salaries to the teachers in accordance with government rules. He said they submitted a memorandum to the governor last year but there had been no favourable response.

The NGOs claimed that they were unaffected by the merging of the programme with RMSA, but they need the money they spent on salaries for teachers and books and clothes for special children.

The Federation members have planned to stage a protest in case their plea is not heard by the government.

However, an official associated with Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) scheme, said: “ Why did the NGOs not ask for funds for all these years? Suddenly how can they claim so much amount of money and expect it to be paid by the Central government.

We have to submit Utilisation Certificate to the State government which will in turn send it to the Central government for release of funds,” he said.

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