Jagatsinghpur, August 2 (LocalWire): The school and mass education department in a special audit found that Rs 4.89 lakhs from the sale proceeds of empty gunny bags, which come with MDM rice, is outstanding since 2014 due to the negligence of block education officers and mismanagement of teachers.
In 2014, the commissioner cum secretary, Mass education department, had directed schools in Jagatsinghpur district to utilize the sale proceeds of empty gunny bags that are retained and disposed off at the school end, for different purposes in schools.
It was also intimated that the head of expenditure were to be recorded in the minutes of school management committee to avert any financial indiscipline.
But now, during the special audit it was found that these have not been accounted for and their sale proceeds not reflected in the cash books of schools in Balikuda, Biridi, Jagatsinghpur, Naugaon and Raghunathpur blocks as the headmasters did not follow the instructions communicated to them.
As per the direction of the department, all headmasters were to realize the sale proceeds of the gunny bags at Rs 8 per bag and utilize the said amount for use of hand wash, sanitizing toilets, toilet disinfectants, multi tap multi cap installation, tetra filter for drinking water and MDM waste bin.
After five years of this direction, the department found that empty gunny bags are not accounted for, sale proceeds not reflected in the cash books and no record maintained in this regard from 1April 2014 to 31 October 2017.
These five blocks consumed 30.591 quintal of MDM rice from 2015-2016 to 2017-18 in which 61,179 gunny bags have been used and the sale proceeds of which comes to Rs 4.89 lakhs.
The DEO has directed all the five block education officers to recover the cost and deposit the money in the school MDM accounts on or before last 25 June 2019.
But still, the cost has not been recovered because several headmasters have since retired or been transferred and also because of the delay in audit.
It is a collective responsibility which has not been discharged properly.
Due to the lack of information, guidance and proper monitoring the cost has not been realized by the school authorities and the recovery is doubtful.
DEO Prativa Manjari Das confessed ‘the cost of gunny bags has not yet been recovered from different schools despite reminders.
Department has called a meeting of all BEOs on 20 August to discuss non-recovery of the cost from head masters.’