Presenting the budget in the parliament on Friday, Feb 26, Pranab Mukherjee said, "I propose to increase the plan allocation for school education from Rs 26,800 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 31,036 crore in 2010-11"
This accounts for an increase of Rs 4,236 crore from the 2009-10 fiscal.
"In addition, states will have access to Rs 3,675 crore for elementary education under the 13th Finance Commission grants for 2010-11," the finance minister added.
He went on to say, "The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 creates a framework for legal entitlements for all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years to education of good quality, based on principles of equity and non-discrimination.
"In recent years, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has made significant contribution in improving enrollment and infrastructure for elementary education. About 98 per cent of habitations are now covered by primary schools."