Rs 6.34 cr spent in 9 years, training centre hangs fire - ECAS Punjab

Rs 6.34 cr spent in 9 years, training centre hangs fire

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Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20

Project aided by World Bank

  • Under a World Bank-assisted scheme, the institute for the training of craft instructors was approved in 2011 at a cost of Rs3.50 cr
  • In March 2012, the Centre upgraded the project and its cost was revised to Rs9.90 crore

  • The Centre released Rs4.25 crore and the project was to be completed by October 2014

  • Later, more funds were released, but the state Finance Department failed to utilise these

Close on the heels of state Accountant General pointing out the wastage of Rs 75 crore in upgrading infrastructure in seven polytechnics, the audit department has flagged the failure of the state government in timely utilisation of the Central grant for constructing a regional instructors' training institute.

The institute could not be made operational despite spending Rs 6.34 crore in the past nine years.

Under a World Bank-assisted scheme, the institute for the training of craft instructors was approved in 2011 at a cost of Rs 3.50 crore, which was to be shared between the Centre and the state in the ratio of 75:25.

The Centre released the first instalment of Rs 81 lakh to be utilised within a year. Adding a matching grant of Rs 18 lakh, the state Technical Education Department gave approval for the construction of a hostel block at cost of Rs 2.81 crore to be completed by October 2012. But due to non-release of remaining Rs 1.19 crore, the work remained suspended.

In March 2012, the Centre upgraded the scheme and approved a revised proposal of the state to set up a bigger institute for trainers under the vocational training improvement project. The project cost was revised to Rs 9.90 crore and the Centre released Rs 4.25 crore. The project was to be completed by October 2014.

After two years, the state released Rs 4.50 crore (including its share) for the construction of a workshop block, parking and roads. The building was handed over to the department in October 2018. But for the want of additional funds of Rs 5.70 crore for supplementary civil works, machinery and furniture, the building could not be put to use so far.

In March 2018, the state released Rs 1.13 crore against the requirement of Rs 1.19 crore for completing the pending work of the hostel block. The work is still not complete.

In September 2018, the Centre released Rs 2.24 crore for completing the institute. But the state Finance Department utilised just Rs 47 lakh. As a result, the training institute could not be made functional.



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