The UT education department’s committee has finalised per child expenditure for reimbursement to private unaided schools under the economically weaker section (EWS) scheme for students for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The committee comprising of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chairman, education-cum-finance secretary Sarvjit Singh and secretary personnel KK Jindal, held a meeting and approved an amount of Rs 1,196 for 2013-14 and Rs 1,370 for 2014-15.
The high powered committee was constituted by the UT adviser earlier this year to look into this aspect.
The members approved the amount on the basis of various aspects. A sub-committee with deputy director, school education, Chanchal Singh; deputy DEO Sukhneer Sekhon, deputy director, administration Arjun Dev and deputy comptroller finance and accounts (DCFA) have been working on this issue since June.
“They gathered all the requisite details regarding the amount spent by the schools in EWS admission. After that, we submitted a draft to the high powered committee and they fixed the amount they have,” said deputy DSE Chanchal Singh.
DSE Rubinderjit Singh Brar told HT, “We received the file today and will soon be communicating the amount to the schools so that they can submit us their claims and we can provide the balance as earlier, they had been provided Rs 750 per child.” The per child expenditure for 2015-16 will only be finalised later as the details from schools were received late for that year, said education department officials.
Fixed on recurring expenditure
The amount for 2013-14 and 2014-15 has been fixed on the basis of recurring expenditure, which includes teachers’ salaries, SSA salaries, maintenance charges for building, service charges, wages, electricity board, among other charges.
The president of Independent Schools’ Association, Chandigarh, HS Mamik, said, “I see a light at the end of the tunnel since at least the amount has been reasonably increased but at the same I would like to point out that most other states reimburse over Rs 2,000.”
“In the issue of compensation, the Act provides that the schools would be compensated to the extent of the cost incurred by the state. However in the rules the word ‘recurring’ has been added and hence unfair.”
2013-14 Rs 1,196
2014-15 Rs 1,370
2015-16 Yet to be finalised
2010-11 Rs 850
2011-12 Rs 865
2012-13 Rs 750