Still primary education costly in Indian states

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Still Indian states are facing problem in raising funds from education scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). While the Central Government wants to double the state contribution in SSA from 25 percent to 50 percent in the 11 Five Year Plan.

The central allocation in the current fiscal for SSA is about INR 10,500 million. Under the new sharing formula, states like UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will together have to pitch in with INR 5,500 million. The states are arguing that with the change in the fund sharing formula, the scheme would become unsustainable. It could also put an extra burden of extra INR 7,500 million on the states. On the other hand, the Planning Commission has been clear that the states will now have to share more responsibility for providing primary education.

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