Congress leader Sunil Jakhar met the new union human resource development (HRD) minister in Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the sorry state of education in Punjab.
Jakhar, leader of opposition in the Vidhan Sabha, requested Raju to give an impetus to education in rural areas in particular, a press release issued here by the Abohar MLA said.
He explained how central grant for computer education had been wasted due lack of teachers. "The apparatus is gathering dust due to poor upkeep and lack of electricity. The state government has deputed just one engineer per district for maintenance of computers, and the funds for the purpose are meagre," he told Raju.
Similarly, secondary school girl students from the weaker sections remained deprived of their entitled scholarships, said Jakhar, adding that the Rs 14-crore central grant sent during 2010-11 for physically challenged students remains to be distributed.
He also explained how the mid-day meal scheme has suffered due to the inability of the state government to contribute its share of funds. "School staff are made to pay from their own pockets, and the expenditure is not reimbursed for months together."
Jakhar requested Raju that the HRD ministry should opt for direct transfer of cash subsidy to the targeted sections under the UPA flagship programmes, as that would tackle diversion and misappropriation of funds.