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Higher allocation for health, education

There will be an increased drive to recruit more teachers and set up new schools, the minister assured.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 13:03 IST

Keeping the government promise of giving more focus to healthcare and education, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday announced an enhancement in the budget allocation for both these key social development sectors.

Presenting the 2006-07 fiscal budget in parliament, the finance minister announced a 31.5 per cent enhancement for education with a total outlay of Rs 24,115 crore and a 22 per cent increase to Rs 12,546 crore for health.

Some of the special programmes to receive focus will include primary education with allocation being enhanced from Rs 7,156 crore to Rs 10,041 crore to further reduce the number of children who are not receiving schooling. Currently around one crore (10 million) children below 14 years of age are not going to school.

There will be an increased drive to recruit more teachers and set up new schools, the minister assured.

In the case of health, the finance minister has allocated more funding for the National Rural Health Mission with the budgetary provision being increased to Rs 8,207 crore in next fiscal from Rs 6,553 crore this year to extend the facilities to 100,000 blocks in rural areas.