Saturday, March 23, 2013

Increase in allocation for school education in TN budget, but no new schemes

Increase in allocation for school education in TN budget, but no new schemes

M Ramya, TNN Mar 21, 2013, 02.30PM IST

CHENNAI: In the 2012-13 financial year, the Tamil Nadu government allocated a record sum of Rs 14,552.82 crore for school education, the highest allocation for any department in the state. This year too, the state has reiterated its commitment to providing education for all students by allocating the highest sum of Rs 16,965.3 crore to the sector. However, no new schemes have been introduced this year.
The announcement made during the state budget presented on Thursday saw an allocation of Rs700 crore towards Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the same as that made last year, Rs 366.57 crore for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan to achieve universal secondary education, and Rs 293 crore under NABARD assistance for infrastructure projects.

The state has allocated Rs 50 crore under NABARD assistance to ensure 100% coverage of all schools with safe drinking water supply and toilet facilities before the end of 2013-14. The funds will be used to provide additional toilets and drinking water facilities to 2,733 schools.
A sum of Rs 381 crore has been allocated to continue the existing scheme of providing cash incentives to students in classes 10, 11 and 12 to contain the dropout rate and to improve student retention ratio at the secondary school level. A total of 24.76 lakh students will get the cash benefit this year.
Other allocations for school education include Rs 217.22 crore for the supply of textbooks to 97.7 lakh students, Rs 110.96 crore for notebooks to 86.71 lakh students, Rs 323.7 crore for free bus passes covering 14.02 lakh students, Rs 353.22 crore for uniforms covering 53.53 lakh students, Rs 19.79 crore for 13 lakh school bags, Rs 8.47 crore for supplying footwear to 6.1 lakh students, Rs 6.65 crore for geometry boxes, atlases and other educational accessories to 9.67 lakh students. As many as 6.3 lakh students are to be given bicycles worth a total of Rs 200.98 crore.
This year the state has ordered the supply of woollen sweaters to 10.3 lakh children in hilly areas at a cost of Rs4.12 crore. Sanitary Napkins will continue to be supplied to 32.79 lakh girls this year at a cost of Rs54.63 crore.
The state has increased the allocation for the scheme to provide tuition fee to first generation graduates from Rs 518 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 673 crore this year. The success of the scheme has increased enrollment from 6.09 lakh in 2010-11 to 6.51 lakh in 2012-13. The state has pledged to distribute 5.65 lakh laptops to students during the 2013-14 academic year. An allocation of Rs 1,500 crore has been made in the budget estimate this year. The Indian Institute of Information Technology in Tiruchi will start functioning from the campus of the Bharathidasan Institute of Technology from the coming academic year. The eight new arts and science colleges proposed earlier will start functioning from 2013-14 as well.

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