Delhi Budget: 10 Crore For Boarding School For Homeless Children

New Delhi: In Delhi’s budget 2022-23, the education sector has received highest allocation of ₹ 16,278 crore. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the government’s main focus will be on developing a boarding school for the homeless children and a science museum in a school.

However, the outlay in the education sector has witnessed a decline in this year’s budget. In last year’s budget, it was allocated ₹ 16,377 crore.

Education Minister Sisodia proposed a total outlay of ₹ 16,278 crore for the education sector for the financial year 2022-23 which includes ₹ 14,412 crore under revenue and ₹ 1,866 crore under capital expenditure.

The total budget outlay is of 75,800 crore making it the highest allocation, of which 22 percent has been allocated to the education sector.

For setting up boarding school for homeless children, Sisodia has allocated 10 crores. He also took a note of several measures taken by the government for providing basic education to these children but the measures have only been partially successful.

“It is not possible to get quality education unless basic facilities like food and shelter are in place. The Delhi government has decided to set up a boarding school with modern facilities for these underprivileged homeless children. These schools will try to bring them into the mainstream of society,” Sisodia said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke about the initiative during the post budget press conference. He said that steps taken in this direction in the past did not bear the desired results because they lacked human touch.

Speaking of the initiative, he said, “The children will be provided emotional and psychological support at the school that will have “five-star” facilities.”

“When you stop at a traffic light, you don’t pay heed to a child knocking at your window. Till date no government has paid attention to the children standing at the traffic lights that is because they are not vote banks'”, Kejriwal said.

“We will take care of them. Our government will build an excellent school for those children, they will stay there and study there. We will make them better citizens,” the chief minister added.

During his speech, he also proposed to set up a science museum in a school in Chirag Enclave.

“This school science museum will play an important role in developing curiosity and interest in science among children. I make a provision of ₹ 50 crore for the School Science Museum in the Budget,” he said.

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