Education budget allocation witnesses continuous downfall: Government data

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New Delhi, Updated on Feb 7, 2020 14:46 IST

In the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' shared the data. In this year’s budget, the government has sanctioned Rs 99,300 crore for education which is 3.2 per cent of the total union budget. 

The budgetary share for education sector is witnessing a downfall for the last five years, according to the government's data. In the Rajya Sabha, the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' shared the data. In this year’s budget, the government has sanctioned Rs 99,300 crore for education which is 3.2 per cent of the total union budget. In the previous budget, when the government had set aside 3.48% of the total budget for education and the expenditure in education was 4.43% of the GDP, Prakash Javadekar, the then Education Minister had stated that it was the main concern of his government to assign 6 per cent of the GDP to education.

Mr Pokhriyal was replying to a question raised by Md. Nadimul Haque's on the details of central budgetary allocation for education for the last five years in proportion to the total central budgetary allocation for all Ministries. He replied that proportion of allocation for Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to the total central budget was 4.61 per cent, 3.89 per cent, 3.66 per cent, 3.71 per cent and 3.48 per cent during 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively. The HRD Minister also informed that the expenses on education as a percentage of GDP was 3.84%, 4.07%, 4.20%, 4.32% and 4.43% during 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively.

On February 1, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had tabled budget for several ministries and sectors costing 30, 42,230 crore. Educators have given a mixed response on the budgetary allocation. By 2030, India will have the world's largest working population and as a country, and there is a need to invest in children's education and overall development.

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