Previously under-utilised budgets make us wary of the increased allocation in the 2023-2024 Budget

Increased allocations in the 2023-24 Budget as compared to the 2022-2023 Budget is a positive sign. The budgetary allocation by MeitY has witnessed the highest increase of 41.2%, however,  this increase is accompanied with complete discontinuation of fund allocation towards PMGDISHA, which is a rural digital literacy scheme. Furthermore, the trend of decreasing fund allocation in revised estimates and under-utilisation of funds in 2022-2023 is a cause of worry. It remains to be seen if the same trend will be witnessed in the FY 2023-2024.  

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