Another Rs 2300 Crore To 'Speed Up' Universalisation

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New Delhi, Jan 7 (UNI) Having spent Rs 9,359 crore of Rs 10,671 crore budgeted for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Human Resource Development Ministry has obtained a new Rs 2,300 crore grant for 2007-08, it was announced today.

But a Ministry statement did not spell out achievement towards universalising elementary education by 2010, apart from saying that the new grant was intended to ''further speed up the SSA programme in 2007-08.'' The statement said States have already received Rs 9,359 crore in 2007-08 against a Rs 10,671 crore central budget estimate for SSA.

It said that in the eleventh Plan, the Centre and States were to share spending in the 65:25 ratio in 2007-08 and 2008-09, 60:40 in 2009-10, 55:45 in 2010-11 and 50:50 from 2011-12 onward.

The spending ratio for Northeastern States is 90:10.

The SSA outlay approved for the XI plan is Rs 71,000 crore.

Its goals: -- Putting all 6-to-14-year-olds in school or Education Guarantee Scheme centre/bridge course by 2005; -- Bridging all gender and social gaps at primary stage by 2007 and at elementary education level by 2010; -- Universal retention by 2010; and -- Focus on elementary education of satisfactory quality with emphasis on education for life.

Here are the amounts in Lakhs of rupees released to States or Union Territories against respective outlays: Andhra Pradesh 18100.00 of 124607.30 Bihar 135417.64 of 333929.73 Chhatisgarh 46787.76 of 78478.28 Goa 899.57 of 1662.82 Gujarat 22658.26 of 37970.21 Haryana 11150.00 of 35706.60 Himachal Pradesh 7638.30 of 12198.37 J&K 9614.34 of 32151.79 Jharkhand 64309.99 of 132192.00 Karnataka 40604.78 of 69746.00 Kerala 5137.60 of 15956.39 Madhya Pradesh 86769.94 of 179824.44 Maharashtra 45729.96 of 89523.47 Orissa 49457.43 of 108844.48 Punjab 5193.88 of 18488.50 Rajasthan 101307.20 of 159999.35 Tamil Nadu 45298.09 of 70271.11 Uttar Pradesh 160885.00 of 344219.38 Uttarakhand 13162.80 of 25283.55 West Bengal 44162.24 of 143876.18 Andaman&N. Islands 187.10 of 929.19 Chandigarh 934.95 of 1953.69 Dadra&N Haveli 145.65 of 794.39 Daman&Diu 0.00 of 258.26 Delhi 1671.53 of 5234.32 Lakshadweep 0.00 of 235.17 Pondicherry 286.68 of 893.50 Assam 2838.90 of 62138.49 Arunachal Pradesh 5392.78 of 12500.28 Manipur 100.00 of 4808.86 Meghalaya 2359.63 of 14007.28 Mizoram 2046.26 of 4832.34 Nagaland 2284.00 of 1997.78 Sikkim 99.72 of 2302.79 Tripura 2174.55 of 4793.06 UNI MJ PK DB2032

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