But there is long way to go. We have set an ambitious target of skilling 50 million people in the 12th Plan period, including 9 million in 2013-14. We have to pull out all stops to achieve this objective. Funds will be released by the National Rural Livelihood Mission and the National Urban Livelihood Mission to be spent on skill development activities. 5 percent of the Border Area Development Program Fund,, 10 percent of the Special Central Assistance to the Scheduled Caste sub plan and the Tribal sun plan, and some other funds will also be used for skill development.
I purpose to increase the allocation for Defense to Rs 203,672 crore. This will include Rs 86,741 crore for capital expenditure. The minister of Defense has been most understanding, and I assure him and the House that constraints will not come in the way of providing any additional requirement for the security of the nation.
Despite our constraints we must find resources for science and technology and for Space Atomic Energy etc. I propose to allocate Rs 6,275 crore to the Ministry of Science & Technology; Rs 5.615 crore to the Department of Space, and Rs 5,880 crore to the Department of Atomic Energy. Hon'ble
Members will be happy to know that these amounts are substantial enhancements.
While we extol the virtuous of science and technology (S&T), I think we do not pay enough attention to science and technology for the common man, with the hep of the ministry of Science and Technology and the Principal Scientific adviser to the Government, I have identified a few amazing S&T innovations. I propose to set apart Rs 200 crore to fund organization that will scale up and make these products available to the people. I propose to ask the National Innovation Council to formulate a scheme for the management and application of the fund.
Continuing the tradition of supporting institution of excellence, I propose to make a grant of Rs 100 crore each to:
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