Policy Briefs & Reports

Budget Brief 2015-16: Sarva Shiksha Abhyan

Avani Kapur
Smriti Iyer

Centre for Policy Research

February 28, 2015

Allocations for MoDWS in FY 2013- 14 accounted for 0.11% of the GDP at current prices.
With the launch of SBM in 2014, allocations increased by 24% from FY 2013-14 to FY 2014-15.
In FY 2015-16, 3,625 crore has been allocated for SBM – an increase of 27% over the previous financial year.
The pace of releases slowed down in FY 2013-14. 30 % of the total monies released to states, were released in the last month of the financial year.
In FY 2013-14, states spent 45 % of the funds available to them. In FY 2014-15, 35% of funds available had been spent till February 2015.
Construction activities account for the bulk of SBM expenditure. In FY 2014-15, over 90% of rural sanitation funds were allocated for construction of different types of toilets.
IEC activities constituted only 5% of total SBM expenditures in FY 2014-15. Moreover, since 1999, only 11% of the total rural sanitation outlay has been used for IEC activities.
Sanitation coverage continues to be low. According to the Census of India 2011, 3 out of every 5 people do not have access to sanitation facilities.