2 July ; The efforts of Bihar govt under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has yielded positive results with 38.25 lakh children in 6 to 14 age group being brought back to schools, Human Resources Dev minister Hari Narain Singh informed the state Assembly.
Replying to budgetary demands of the department totalling over Rs 8,700 crore, Singh said the number of dropouts among school children was 45.75 lakh in 2001 and it came down to 7.5 lakh during the current year.
He said the government had resolved to cover all the 7.5 lakh school children in the state and provide them quality primary education during 2009-10 as "it’s their fundamental right".
The Minister said while the erstwhile RJD regime spent Rs 1081.51 crore between 2001-02 and 2005, the NDA government spent Rs 1539.59 crore in just one year (2006-07) under the flagship programme.The expenditure rose to 2176.41 crore during 2008-09. Impressed by the state government’s performance on this front, the Centre has increased the allotment manifold and has sanctioned over Rs 4,300 crore to Bihar for the year 2009-10 under the SSA.
Singh said that school going children up to class VIII were being provided the books free of cost since 2008-09 and the government had spent Rs 201 crore on this front.