Budget boost for gas hydrates, polar sciences research
New Delhi (PTI): The Interim Budget on Monday effected a 29 per cent hike in the allocation for the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) which will spend more on research on gas hydrates and boosting polar science studies.
The MoES also got Rs 162 crore for the ambitious project for modernisation of the India Meteorological Department and Rs 25 crore for setting up of the Centre for Climate Change to study the phenomenon of global warming.
The interim budget presented in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee allocated Rs 1,060 crore for the Ministry headed by Kapil Sibal — a hike of Rs 240 crore over the revised estimates of Rs 820 crore for the last fiscal.
An amount of Rs 94 crore has been allocated for polar sciences to take up various projects including setting up India's third research station — Sagar Bharati — in Antarctica and for the 28th annual expedition to the icy continent.
The National Oceanarium, an initiative to promote science tourism, received Rs two crore while Rs 15 crore has been provided for setting up the headquarters of the ministry.
The Department of Science and Technology, however, saw a paltry 2.38 per cent hike in allocation at Rs 1,888 crore over the previous Rs 1,844 crore. The Department of Scientific and Industrial Research got a 5.6 per cent hike in allocation from Rs 2,398 crore to Rs 2,541 crore.
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