Spiritual counseling colleges will get Rs 4,000 crore infusion in the Budget for their expansion from the current funding of Rs 1.35 crore per year to Rs 4.2 crore, the Department of Religious Affairs (DRA) said in a statement.
The department has been pushing the Centre to expand the number of the institutions under the Religious Education Scheme to 50,000, as well as the number for the next three years.
“This will help the states to provide their children with better spiritual counseling and also to provide them with the best training facilities,” DRA Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
“The additional Rs 1 crore will help us expand the scope of the scheme, and also give the states the option to expand their scheme,” he said.
A total of Rs 6.25 lakh crore will be spent for the religious education scheme in 2017-18 from the existing allocation of Rs 3,812 crore, he said, adding that the money will be available for the states for the purpose of improving their religious education facilities and providing them with better training facilities.
The Religious Education Act has been amended recently and the allocation of money for religious education will be reduced from Rs 1 lakh per child to Rs 500,000 per child.
The money will also be available to the states only for the development of religious education in the country.