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Bihar Budget: Education gets the biggest part of the budget, with Rs 38,035 crore set aside for 2021-22.

Bihar Budget: Education gets the biggest part of the budget, with Rs 38,035 crore set aside for 2021-22.

PATNA: Bihar has allocated Rs 38,035.93 crore to enhance the education system and boost the standard of education in the state, which was once regarded as a center of information but has since become a laughingstock due to a weak education system and notorious scams.

On February 22, the Bihar government provided the Assembly with a budget of over Rs 2.18 lakh crore for the fiscal year 2021-22. The state has given the education sector the highest share of its overall fund, 17.42 percent, which is an improvement of 8% over the previous fiscal.

The revenue-surplus budget was introduced by Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad, who also holds the finance portfolio.

Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad

“We have presented a budget of Rs 2,18,302.70 crore for 2021-22, which is Rs 6,541.21 crore more than the total estimates for the current fiscal. The revenue surplus is estimated at Rs 9,195.90 crore,” he said.

Rural development received the second highest allocation of funds after education, with Rs 16,835.67 crore, followed by roads with Rs 15,227.74 crore, health with Rs 13,264.87 crore, and electricity with Rs 8,560.00 crore.

What should we see in the education sector in the near future?

◆ The state government plans to construct three new colleges, one for engineering, one for medicine, and one for athletics. The sports university will be interesting in that it will be the first of its kind in Bihar, as there is no other sports or art and culture university.

◆ At Vaishali, Begusarai, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Jamui, Siwan, Saran, Buxar, Purnea, and Samastipur, ten medical colleges will be founded.

◆ By 2030, Bihar wants to reach a literacy rate of 100 percent. Bihar has a literacy rate of 61.80%, according to the 2011 census.

◆ School facilities will be strengthened, with basic infrastructure being provided to all government schools.

◆ The state government will engage in the national language translation program.

◆The Education Department will ensure that textbooks and school uniforms are provided on time to government schools.

◆ Increasing teacher training in schools and colleges to increase the student-to-teacher ratio.

◆ The state government will offer a monetary reward of Rs 25,000 to intermediate pass girls and Rs 50,000 to graduate girls to enable girls to pursue higher education.

◆ The department also plans to make digital therapy more available to students interested in studying abroad.

◆ In five years, there will be 20 lakh job vacancies for young people.

What did the opposition have to say about the promised plans?

Tejashwi Yadav, the chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), called the budget a “failed” budget.

“The Bihar government does not provide appointment letters even after a court order. What is the blueprint for creating 20 million jobs? There is no discussion on stopping migration. In every way, the budget of the Bihar government has failed,” Tejashvi said.

 

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