New Delhi. The pronouncements made in the Union Budget in respect of introducing systemic changes in the fields of manufacturing, health, education and transport as well as creating new and enabling structures are in sync with the aspirations of the country in the post-pandemic era. Moreover, the apportionment of funds in respect of women, rural development, backward classes, scheduled caste and scheduled tribe related affairs is praiseworthy.
Among other things, pronouncements regarding the effective implementation of the National Education Policy, allocation of rupees 50,000 crores for the National Research Foundation for a period of five years, establishment of new schools, especially 750 schools in tribal areas, constitution of Higher Education Commission of India and the proposed establishment of a Central University in Laddakh are significant for the comprehensive development of education sector. Moreover, the provision of 35,000 crore rupees worth of scholarship for the Scheduled Caste students is significant for promoting inclusive learning across the nation.
Nidhi Tripathi, National General Secretary, while welcoming the education budget, said, “This budget is seemingly commensurate with the widely felt national aspirations. When compared with the allocation during the preceding financial year, the more than two-fold increase in the health budget is a welcome development, especially in light of the challenges experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Investments in infrastructure will generate new job opportunities for the youth. The inclusive and all-encompassing approach adopted in the Union Budget is commendable.”