NEW DELHI || The Union HRD Ministry has denied reports in certain sections of the media that budgetary allocation of education had been slashed as “misleading.” “This is with reference to a news item in media wherein it is mentioned that allocation to education is decreasing over time,” a statement from the HRD Ministry said while clarifying that the report mentions the allocation to education under MHRD (School Education & Literacy and Higher Education Departments) only.
It goes on to say whereas funds are allocated for Education under the Budget of other Departments also. In addition, the Budget for Education under States/UTs Budgets are also provisioned. The budget provided by the Centre through MHRD and other Departments/Ministries for education and by the States/UTs for education in both absolute terms and as a percentage of GDP is increasing every year.
It also mentioned that Government of India has set up the Higher Education Financing Agency in 2017 to finance infrastructure development in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodayas, AIIMS, besides Higher Education Institutions. During 2017-18, Rs 2168.26 crore worth projects were approved under HEFA, and during 2018-19 Rs 29411.99 crore worth projects have been approved under HEFA.
It is also wrong to say that the centre spends 10% while the States spend 90% on education. As per Analysis of Budgeted Expenditure on Education, 2017-18, the Centre spends around 23% while States/UTs spend 77% of its total revenue expenditure on Education.