Kerala Budget: Rs 1,773 cr earmarked for education; hike in guest lecturers' salary

Minister for Finance KN Balagopal. Photo: Manorama
Minister for Finance KN Balagopal. Photo: Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: A whopping Rs 1,773 crore has been allotted for the education sector in Kerala as per the State Budget for 2023-24. Finance Minister K N Balagopal made this announcement while presenting in the Budget in the Legislative Assembly on Friday (Feb 2).

The major heads for the education outlay include:

• Rs 95 cr for improving basic infrastructure of government schools across the state.

• Rs 140 cr allocation for free uniforms.

• Rs 344 cr provision for free mid-day meals in schools.

• Rs 816 cr for higher education and technical education sectors.

• Rs 98 cr for government colleges in the state.

• Rs 20 cr for new nursing colleges across the state.

• Funding in order to increase the salary of guest lecturers.

• Allocation to increase the number of fellowships under Kerala Lalithakala Akademi.

• Money for new pre-metric scheme for Other Backward Class students.

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