ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Sai Chandan Kotu

Education and Health Expenditures in Post-bifurcation Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

This article examines the trends in education and health expenditures of the two Telugu states between 2014–15 and 2022–23. In addition to the commonly used indicators such as expenditure as a proportion of total expenditure/gross state domestic product, we compute real and per capita spending to account for inflation and to compare the average spending for an individual. We find that education expenditure in Telangana declined over the years as a proportion of total expenditure and GSDP, while in Andhra Pradesh, it declined as a proportion of GSDP but remained stagnant as a share of total expenditure. In real terms, although Telangana’s education spending in 2021–22 was higher than 2014–15 (year of bifurcation) by 1.4 times, it was lower than the spending in 2015–16, that is, second year after bifurcation. Similarly, AP’s real expenditure in 2021–22 was only marginally higher than 2014–15. Health expenditure’s share in total spending in both states remained stagnant until 2019–20. Subsequently, during the pandemic, it increased in AP while it fell sharply in Telangana.