The Punjab budget makes no provision for the ‘Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra’ scheme, launched with much fanfare less than a month ago.
The government had announced, at the inauguration of the scheme, that it would take 4.50 lakh government school students to Science City at Kapurthala at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crore to 12 crore.
The budget mentions that the CM launched the “Mukh Mantri Vigyan Yatra” on February 18, 2016, but the budget outlay of Rs 8,732 crore for school education makes no provision for it.
Religion has done better than science, with a provision of Rs 140 crore for the Mukh Mantri Teerath Darshan Yatra.
“In the 21 days, from February 16 to March 9, the government had organised Vigya Yatras with money from the Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan funds meant for innovative activities. Also, both teachers and students felt that such tours were not a good idea during the exam time, that they are more useful at the beginning of the academic session, not at the end,” said one official.