Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday announced a hike of
over 21 per cent in the budget allocation for providing free and
compulsory education to children below 14 years.
"I proposed an increase in allocation by 21.7 per cent for RTE (Right to
Education) -Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to Rs 25,555 crore," Mukherjee said in
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is implemented in partnership with state
governments and covers nearly 192 million children across the country. The
programme aims at opening new schools in areas where none exist and
strengthen infrastructure through additional classrooms, toilets, drinking
water, maintenance and school improvement grants.
The finance ministry also raised the allocation for the secondary
education scheme Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan.
"I propose an increase of 29 per cent for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha
Abhiyan to Rs 3,124 crore," Mukherjee added.
Under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009,
which became operative with effect from April 2010, no student up to Class
8 can be held back or expelled till the completion of elementary