ISLAMABAD - The Youth Ministrys mega project of Mobile Computer Literacy and Awareness Programme of Rs 26.890 million is in jeopardy, as the implementation agency could not reach out even a dozen of areas in last two years. The programme was designed to provide basic computer knowledge to the under-privileged youth of the rural areas, while the ministrys implementation officers could visit only around 10 areas so far, official source told TheNation. Source further said that it was one-week training programme and around 300 applications of the locals, nazims or DCOs of diverse areas of the country are pending in the ministrys office, but officials have turned deaf ear towards arranging computer training on these requests. He informed that the last training was held around seven months back at Union Council, Potha Sharif, (Murree tehsil). Out of total estimated cost of Rs 26.890 million, Rs 2.120 million had been spent on the Mobile Computer Literacy and Awareness Programme during last fiscal year, while Rs 5 million were allocated for the project under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of current financial year. However, it is interesting to mention here that just one van along with six computers is being used for giving training to the youngsters of the rural areas. It was learnt from the official website of the Youth Ministry that very few areas had been covered so far where facility of computer training was given to the youth. According to reports, the programme had been successfully completed computer training at Potha Sharif Union Council, Kotli Satian and two union councils of District Khushab and Bhaal village, Chak Beli Khan. When the Secretary of Youth Affairs, Naeem Baig was contacted, he said that the programme had benefited a large number of youth in the remote areas. He maintained that so far the ministry had been given Rs 2 million for the project and within available amount computer training was provided to 400 youth of the rural areas. Whereas the ministry had also provided 18 computers to schools of the rural areas after successfully conducting workshops, he added. To a question he informed that the ministry had just one specially designed van equipped with computer lab that was provided by the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Secondly, he continued that training facility could be offered only to youngsters of those areas where electricity is available. It is worth mentioning here that the ministry had launched a Computer Literacy and Awareness Programme through mobile computer van donated by the Commonwealth Youth Programme. The project was first of its kind, as the fundamental intention of the programme was that it was designed for imparting computer awareness and basic training in the rural and under-developed areas. The training programme was comprised basic computer knowledge including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Internet surfing and Email etc.