New Delhi (Jagran News Network): Even as much hue and cry was made over the reform agenda for education by the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, the decision taken by the Planning Commission to limit the grants for expansion of preliminary and higher education could well be the beginning of end of the Minister’s reform agenda.

In such condition, implementation of the right to education law and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) may suffer a major setback and consequently preliminary education is likely to get big jolt.

According to sources, the Planning Commission is not ready to approve the amount of funds required by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to deal with the current challenges of education.

The HRD Ministry requires Rs 60,000 crore in the fiscal year 2011-12 for preliminary education alone, however, the Planning Commission is not willing to pay more than Rs 40,000 crore.

Similarly, amount of Rs 35,000 crore alone is required for the free and compulsory education to children in view of the SSA. Against the requisite amount, only Rs 20,000 crore is likely to be earmarked- which is only a crore more than the grant in the current financial year.