Fact Check: No, The UP Education Budget Was Not Slashed By 94%

The Logical Indian Crew

July 18th, 2017

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In the past few days, there have been rumours floating on social media that the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government slashed funding for education by almost 95% in its Budget for 2016-2017.

These rumours are false. Allocating merely Rs 576 crore for education in a state of 200 million people is impractical and unfeasible.

The rumours seem to have stemmed from a PTI report that was shared by some media outlets. The report claimed:

“The government has also cut the budgetary provisions for secondary education and higher education compared to that of previous government dispensation.

In the 2016-17 budget presented by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government, a provision of Rs 9,990 crore was made for secondary education, which has came down to only Rs 576 crore in the Yogi Adityanath government, a reduction of Rs 9,414 crore.

The higher education sector also saw a significant cut. Last year’s budget had a provision of Rs 2,742 crore, while this year it was Rs 272.77 crore, marking a shortfall of Rs Rs 2,469.73 crore.”

This report was shared by several media outlets and politicians, including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.



But the claims in these articles were refuted by the UP government. A spokesperson for the same said, “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% higher.”

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% more.

Similarly, the budget for secondary education is 4.8% 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% more than the last financial year.



On going through official PDF documents on the state government’s budgetary website, the government’s claims are vindicated. The education budget was not slashed by 94%; in fact, in some areas, the budget allocations have increased. Below are screenshots of the budget allocations with the links to the files.


Allocation for primary education – Rs 50,142 crore. Link: http://budget.up.nic.in/PDF17_18/Gr71.pdf

Allocation for secondary education – Rs 9,387.44 crore. Link: http://budget.up.nic.in/PDF17_18/Gr72.pdf

Allocation for higher education – Rs 2655.80 crore. Link: http://budget.up.nic.in/PDF17_18/Gr73.pdf

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