Union Budget 2021: Education gets 93,224 crore
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: The Ministry of Education has been allocated ?93,224.31 crore in the 2021-22 Budget, an increase of more than ?8,100 crore from the revised estimates for the current fiscal.
The Ministry was originally allocated ?99,311.52 crore for 2020-21 fiscal, which was eventually revised to ?85,089.07 crore as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country and classes were ordered shut to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to the union budget announced on Monday, the Department of School Education has received ?54,873.66 crore as against ?59,845 crores allocated in the last Budget, a drop of ?4971.34 crores. The ministry’s school education scheme Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan saw its allocation reduced to ?31,050.16 crore from 38,750.50 crores in the current fiscal.
Funds for the National Scheme for Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education has been reduced to just ?1 crore from ?110 crores in the current fiscal. The funds for the Kendriya Vidyalayas, however, have been increased from ?5,516 crore to ?6,800 crore.
The budget allocation to Navodaya Vidyalayas has also been increased by ?500 crores. A sum of ?3,300 crores was allocated to Navodaya Vidyalayas this fiscal, which has been raised to ?3,800 crore for the upcoming fiscal. The mid-day meal scheme saw an increase of ?500 crore as the total allocation has been raised to ?11,500 crore from ?11,000 in 2020-21. The allocation for world-class institutions has been increased from ?500 crore to ?1,710 crores. Similarly, the fund for scholarships for college and university students has been increased from ?141 crore to ?207 crore.