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Budget proposes up to 17pc hike for science ministries

Budget proposes up to 17pc hike for science ministries
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The government on Thursday proposed to hike the budget for science ministries and departments between 5 and 17 per cent, with the Department of Atomic ...

New Delhi: The government on Thursday proposed to hike the budget for science ministries and departments between 5 and 17 per cent, with the Department of Atomic Energy and the Department of Space placed on the opposite extremes of the allocation chain.

The Union Budget earmarks Rs 13,971.41 crore for the Department of Atomic Energy, which is mandated to generate nuclear power in India. The allocation is 5.76 per cent more than what was allocated to the DAE in the previous Budget.

The DAE also runs a chain of cancer hospitals and several research institutes such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai. The Department of Space, which administers the Indian space programme and has won accolades for its recent feats, saw an increase of 17.78 per cent in budgetary allocation, the highest for any science department or ministry.

The budget for the Ministry of Science and Technology, which focuses on core scientific research, was proposed to be hiked by 6.11 per cent - from Rs 11,612.11 crore in the previous Budget to Rs 12,322.28 crore in the Budget 2018-19.

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