This book analyses the magnitude of public expenditure on education, the composition of such expenditure, the flow of funds from the Centre to the districts, and the bottlenecks in the process, with a focus on elementary education. Most of the existing body of work in this area concentrates on Central Government's budgetary provisions instead. The significance of this research lies in that it dwells on the major challenges confronting the States with regard to these issues. Public Provisioning for Elementary Education in India focuses on elementary education in the context of the ongoing efforts towards Universalising Elementary Education (UEE) in the country. The book tracks budget expenditures and budgetary and planning processes in the current flagship programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) across the four selected States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It addresses the causes of the fiscal crisis in States in the era of economic reforms, and the policy measures required for improving the flow of public expenditure on education.
This book offers important insights for policymakers, academia and social activists interested in 'Input-Process-Output-Impact' of State intervention in the education sector in general and elementary education in particular.
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Author Biography - Praveen K. Jha
Praveen Jha is on the faculty of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been a visiting faculty at the University of Bremen, Germany since 1999. His major areas of research interest include economics of education, labour economics, agricultural economics and public finance with special focus on the developing countries. He has authored/edited a number of books and monographs, the most recent among which is Public Provisioning for Elementary Education in India (Sage, 2008), and has published several articles in journals published in India and abroad. He has been the honorary economic advisor to the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, New Delhi, since its inception. He was a member of the Task Force on Labour Laws, constituted by the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) and a member of the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He also works closely with people's movements and labour organizations in India.