NEW YORK - A lack of progress on schools and running water in Swat Valley after the militarys campaign against the Taliban has fed frustration and raised fears of renewed militancy, according to a report in a leading US newspaper. Taliban insurgents have been cleared from the valley, but more than a year after millions of residents returned home, little has been done to restore schools and other infrastructure the Taliban destroyed, The New York Times reported from Drushkhela. Tens of thousands of students attend school in tents provided mostly by international aid groups, and the government has not rebuilt any of the 150 schools the Taliban destroyed in a campaign to prevent girls education. The lack of noticeable progress is maddening to area residents and may turn young people against the United States, the report said. In the minds of these little kids, the frustration against our own government is developing, and against the West is developing, said Esanullah Khan, a Swat landlord who advises the army and aid organizations on rebuilding schools. Theyll go into Taliba-nisation or miscreants because that is their only option left. What do they have to lose? And who is the one to blame? Esanullah Khan said. Its the United States of America. Jamal Uddin, a ninth grader who missed nearly two years of school because of the conflict in Swat, used to detest the Taliban, who bombed his school in the village of Baidera in 2008, the dispatch said. Now, he says, he has no reason to support either side. He (Jamal) has watched as a parade of government leaders has visited his school without removing even one brick from the rubble, the report said. The Taliban tightened their hold on Swat by exploiting class grievances, and Jamal, who is about 17, angrily protested that the wealthy class and politicians, who are often the same, do not care for the poor or their schools. I dont have any more faith, he was quoted as saying. I dont even believe Ill become a bus conductor. Pakistani officials defended their performance, saying that hiring engineers and architects to ensure that schools would be safe from earthquakes was a time-consuming process that was delayed two months by the floods. Pakistani officials said theyre doing the best they can and that their efforts were delayed by two months of flooding that inundated large regions of the country this summer. They also blame foreign governments that failed to pay pledges made to several million people displaced from Swat by the militarys campaign to expel the Taliban in 2009.