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Cess-driven Allocations for Education

There is nothing special in the union budget for the education sector, but for a noticeable increase in budgetary outlays for elementary education, possible because of the education cess. Adult as well as higher and technical education have not seen a significant increase in outlays; neither has any special scheme been proposed for any sector of education.

T he 2006-07 budget of the union government is important for two reasons: it is the second budget of the UPA government, and it is the budget that coincides with the last year of the Tenth Five-Year Plan. It had been hailed by many in the media as one that attaches high priority to education and health. One might look for three major aspects in the annual budget:allocations made, new schemes and programmes proposed and any special measures to mobilise resources. This short article examines these aspects and the importance accorded to education in the budget.

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