2021 to be 'Year of Education' Rs 1 000-cr investment planned Arunachal CM

    Itanagar, Mar 5 (PTI) The Arunachal Pradesh government
has dedicated 2021 as the 'Year of Education with a planned
investment of Rs 1,000 crore for the sector, Chief Minister
Pema Khandu said on Friday.
    Participating in the budget discussion, Khandu told
the assembly that his government will launch 'Mission Shiksha'
to improve the standard of education in the next two years
with six focus areas, including infrastructure development of
schools, technology intervention through information and
communication technology and digital initiatives.
    "From a limited number of schools, today we have more
than 3,000 schools but without quality education," he said.
    The House later passed the state budget for 2021-22 by
voice vote.
    On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein had
presented a Rs 578.50-crore deficit budget in the assembly.
    Mein, who holds the planning, investment and finance
portfolios, said the focus of the government will be on
increasing capital expenditure to create assets in the state
for overall development.
    He projected a total receipt of Rs 22,581 crore for
the 2021-22 fiscal, up from the revised estimates of Rs 22,000
crore in the current fiscal.
    "Our share of central taxes has been pegged at Rs
11,693.94 crore as per the Union Budget Estimates for 2021-22,
which is the highest source of resource for the state," the
deputy CM said.
    In his budget speech, he said the state's own tax
revenue is projected at Rs 1,900 crore and the non-tax revenue
for 2021-22 estimated at Rs 850 crore.
    "Arunachal is a challenging state due to its varied
topography and central schemes that are based on population
criteria, owing to which problems arise while executing the
programmes," Khandu said.
    The Speaker then adjourned the House sine die. PTI UPL

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