Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for all movement) was started by the Government of India in partnership with the State governments. Its aim is to provide elementary education to all children in the age group 6-14 years by 2010. Under the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan'(SSA) , Alternative Innovation centres were opened across the state to bring out-of-school children back to the elementary education fold by providing vocational training.
In Haryana, there are reports that Non Government Organisation (NGOs) who have been entrusted with running these centres, have swindled the cash, and are not paying the teachers. [ Government makes a payment of Rs 45000 to each centre, per annum. NGOs hire teachers paying them Rs 2500 monthly honorium, and NGOs are required to take care of stationary for students with the remaining amount.] Amid reports that some of these NGOs exist only on paper, the SSA program seems to have been a failure of the Haryana education department driving it to close all Alternative Education centres across the state.
NGOs on their part, claim that their volunteers have not been paid, and closure of Alternative Education centres across the state would affect many children.
If allegations against NGOs are true, then this would be another classic example of how some hard-working NGOs would be viewed because of some ‘bad apples in the basket’. Read more at http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090206/main6.htm