Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday launched a sharp attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party over their policy of reducing the education budget both at the Center and in other BJP ruled states.
Manish Sisodia said that the AAP government is the only government in India and in Asia, which has the highest allocation for education. Mr Sisodia quotes figures to prove how the education budget in the BJP ruled states have been brought down over the past few years.
He further added that the decreasing education budget by the BJP government amply proves that the BJP is an anti-education party and they want to ruin the future of the youth of India.
AAP believes that investments made in the educational sector are of utmost importance: Manish Sisodia
“Aam Aadmi Party has made a huge effort to raise the standards of the capital city India in the domains of finance, delivery and results. The basic principle driving this growth is the investment in education. We believe that investments made in the educational sector are of utmost importance for the future of the nation.
A government that is not willing to invest in education, in the youth that shapes the future of the nation, is conspiring to destroy the future of the nation. I am presenting before you, two models – based on expenditure (or, investment, as we call it) in the domain of education,” said Mr Sisodia. He showcased the model of the opposition, primarily BJP and then that the AamAadmi Party.
AAP government has spent 26% of its budget on education: Manish Sisodia
“ I am presenting before you some figures that will help differentiate between the two models. According to Department of Finance, GNCTD and RBI: Study of State Finances report 2019 in 2013-14, the quantum allocated to education in Delhi amounted to 16.6% of the budget, whereas today it has risen to 26% of the total state budget.
BJP wants people to remain uneducated because educated people ask questions – Manish Sisodia
According to the same report In Haryana, only 15.4 % was allocated to education for the corresponding period, and today, it stands reduced to 13%. In the case of UP, the budget allocated has been slashed from 16% to a mere 13.4%. In Punjab, the budget has been decreased from 14.2% to 10.3%. During the past 5 years, the Delhi government has increased its budget for education by 10% whereas other states have seen a drastic reduction in the percentage of budget allocated to education,” said Mr Sisodia.
Decreasing education budget in BJP ruled states and Center show BJP’s anti-education mindset: Manish Sisodia
Sisodia said that these figures manifest BJP’s mind-set that investing in education isn’t exactly a smart thing to do, as the children of today will be the adults of tomorrow. And if they receive a robust education, they will have the intellectual wherewithal to question the government. The youth of this country can no longer be swayed by the empty promises of the government. This deliberate attempt by the BJP government to reduce outlays for education is to ensure that our youth remains uneducated and powerless to aspire to a good future.
Education budget has been reduced in BJP ruled states, whereas increased three times under AAP, in Delhi – Manish Sisodia
“ The AAP has, from time and time given it a thought and has very wisely increased the budget for education. Today, the AAP government is spending 26% on education. In 2013, the budget for education was a mere 5600 crore, whereas today it stands increased at 15600 crores. There has been a three times increase in the overall budget for education. Whilst the other states have constantly reduced the budget for education.
Let us have a look at the BJP model at the centre. The government is spending a mere 10% on education. They claim to increase this by another 10%, taking the national average to 20% in the next ten years” said Mr Sisodia.
He asked why does the central government need 10 years to make this change when a small state government has made a drastic change in just 5 years. Even, so how does the government plan on doing so?
By decreasing education budget, BJP is destroying the future of our youth – Manish Sisodia
“ I heard recently that the central government faced a deficit in tax collection, following which, it was prepared to make cuts to the education budget. An amount of 3000 crores is being cut by the central government. How does the government plan on increasing the budget from 10% to 20%? Sure, they have introduced the national education policy, but its implementation cannot be seen,” said Mr Sisodia.
Delhi’s allocation of budget to education is the highest among all Asian nations: Manish Sisodia
Manish Sisodia further stated let us now have a look at the allocation of budget to education at the international level. I noticed that Delhi’s allocation of budget to education is the highest among all Asian nations. As per data compiled by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), looking at last two years budgets, three countries have allocated highest budget towards education. It includes Bhutan (24.04%), Uzbekistan (23.03%) and Malaysia (21.7%). Aam Aadmi Party government is the first government to spend 26% on education, not just in India but also, in other nations.
Manish Sisodia challenges BJP to participate in the upcoming Delhi elections based on providing quality education
“We believe that quality education is directly proportional to the growth and success of a nation. It is through education that we can tackle the problems of poverty. We believe that education is the most important agenda. I challenge the BJP to participate in the upcoming Delhi elections based on providing quality education, thereby presenting their model for education, said Mr Sisodia.