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UP govt refutes Rahul's claim of slashing education budget

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Rejecting Rahul Gandhi's suggestion that should close down hospitals to save money after it reportedly cut the education budget, the state today clarified budgetary allocation for education has been increased by 25 per cent.

"The total budget for primary, secondary and higher education in the UP budget for 2017-18 is Rs 62,185.25 crore as compared to the previous budget of 2016-17 of Rs 49,607.93 crore, which is 25.4 per cent higher," an official spokesman said.

He said the budget for primary education is Rs 50,142 crore this time compared to Rs 38,066.06 crore last time, which is 31.7 per cent more.

Similarly, the budget for secondary education is 4.8 per cent higher than the previous fiscal. This year Rs 9,387.44 crore has been earmarked for the department, compared to Rs 8,956.86 crore last time.

For higher education, he said, the allocation this time is 2.7 per cent more than the last FY.

For 2017-18 Rs 2,655.81 crore has been earmarked against Rs 2,585.01 crore in the last fiscal.

The Yogi Adityanath presented its first annual budget in the on July 11.

The Congress vice president had yesterday mocked at the in a tweet, saying "great move CM Yogi - next you can save some more money by closing all the hospitals".

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First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 20:22 IST