The Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Department of Government of Odisha has recommended 50 special schools (which educate differently-abled children) to provide grant-in-aid from the GOI. The grant includes maintenance of residential and non-residential students and remuneration of teaching and non-teaching staff as determined by the GOI.
However, the scheme has faced challenges in terms of payment delays (salaries to the teachers) due to ineffective fund management and ineffective monitoring of the scheme.
MSC conducted a diagnostic assessment of the fund flow system, functioning of the scheme, review of IT systems, etc. Based on these diagnostics, MSC has recommended and is now supporting the government in the implementation of ‘smart payment solutions’ with ‘just in time’ funds, to be integrated with the government’s existing public finance management platforms.