The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s general body approved the Rs297.78 crore budget of the education board on Monday. However, the civic administration as well as standing committee overlooked the provisions for the academic future of 1,10,321 students going to PMC-run schools while making monetary provisions for the budget of the education board.
Instead of making provisions for providing good quality education to students which they are entitled to, the PMC budget focuses on providing study material and furniture.
The education board had proposed Rs83.67 crore for salary. The municipal commissioner cut it down to Rs80.49 crore, but the standing committee reversed it and made a provision of Rs85.49 crore.
Group leader of the Congress, Arvind Shinde, who spoke on the budget, said, “The education board manages to spend hardly Rs1 crore on cleaning of schools and miscellaneous repairs of school buildings. However, the education board asked for Rs2 crore. Moreover, the standing committee doubled it and made it Rs4 crore.”
Similarly, Rs6 crore was earmarked for purchase of furniture at schools, but the standing committee reduced it to Rs4 crore. An amount of Rs2 crore was allocated for the same purpose last year.
The education board earmarked Rs15 lakh for procurement of answer sheets which was slashed to Rs5 lakh by the standing committee. The provision for children of commercial sex workers and Sanskrut Pathshala was deleted, but on the other hand an amount of Rs3.5 crore was earmarked for English medium schools.
There was no provision for yoga training. However, after discussion in the GB, a provision of Rs50,000 was made for yoga training at PMC schools, while Rs 2 lakh was reserved for fees of yoga teachers.An amount of Rs30 lakh was earmarked to start two mobile van schools.