Education budget has always been a matter of concern of all states across the country. It has been decreasing yer by year in most of the states,keeping apart a few. And trust me this a matter of concern not only for the people of the state but also for the country. Some might argue that decrease in education budget helps to allot money to other fields in larger amount. But does that really matters! No there is no point decreasing the education budget as an alternative of other sectors. This has been the case with most of the states. The government need to understand. There is no point decreasing the amount allotted to education sector.
Education Budget Delhi-Last 4 years
Being the capital state people look up-to Delhi as role model. And as far as education sector is concerned the performance has been quite satisfactory. Delhi government allocated Rs. 9,836 Crore out of Rs.41,129 Crore in year 2015-16 for the education sector. Which accounts for more than 23% of its total budget. The percentage is nearly one-fourth of the total budget and is quite satisfactory.
For year 2016-17 the government allocated Rs. 10,690 crore out of Rs. 46.600 Crore which accounts for about 22.9 percent of the total budget. The percentage is less than the previous year but it again a major share of the total budget. In 2017-18 the government allocated Rs. 11,300 Crore to the Education Budget which was 24% of the total budget. In the current fiscal year the government has allocated Rs. 13,997 Crore which is about 26% of the total budget. Delhi government hags done quite well in field of education. And the increase in the budget every year proves it.
Education Budget Gujarat-Last 4 years
Being the biggest state of India Gujarat holds a special place in the country. So having a special place makes you liable to perform well on different parameters. In the year 2015-16 Gujarat government did not allocate a separate b udget for education. But included it in Social Services which accounted for more than 48% of the total budget. It also included drinking water, primary health care, education, housing, nutrition, labour welfare, employment, sanitation,development of ST/ST/SEBC as well as the development of women and children. In year 2016-17 the government allocated Rs. 23,815 Crore to the education sector. It accounted for 27.8% of the total budget. Which is more than any other state in the country.In the year 2017-2018 the allocation drastically reduced to 14.1% of the total budget. What’s more shocking is the fact that it reduced to mere 13.9% in 2018-19 fiscal year. So gujarat has seen a decline of 13% over the past three years in the education budget.
Education Budget-Uttar Pradesh Last-4 Years
Uttar pradesh the most populous state of the country needs to be provide a special provision in case of education. The government needs to concentrate on the educational policies of the state. In year 2015-16 the Akhilesh Government allocated Rs. 40,112 Crore which accounts for 14.40% of the total budget which is not at all acceptable by the size of the state. In year 2016-17 the government allocated Rs.49,808 for the education budget which is 12.94% of the total budget and is less by 0.25% as compared to previous year. In year 2017-2018 Rs. 62,351 was allocated to the education sector which accounts for 16.20% of the total budget. In the current year the government has allocated Rs. 63,213 Crore to the education sector which is 14.75 % of the total budget and almost 2% less than the previous year.
This is the data of 3 major states of India. The case is same with other states as well. It definitely is quite alarming. Decreasing the education budget when you are not doing well in the sector is not a good sign. Governments should stop doing this. Some one needs to go up to these governments and tell them that they are not doing right and it must be corrected. It’s time for the government to realize the importance of education, otherwise we would be heading to a no education budget soon.