Has Budget gone overboard with Digital play?
Digital alone cannot solve problems relating to education and employment.
Education and employment are admittedly the two sectors worst hit by the pandemic, but the government, presenting the budget, seems not to have realized this fully. The budget has gone overboard with ‘digital’ without realizing that digital can only supplement and cannot replace fundamental requirements. It is also ironical that despite all evidence showing that digital is not the solution for equitable education, what we get from this budget is e-Vidya, developed for delivery via internet, mobile phones, TV, radio and digital teachers. This completely overlooks the fact that access to IT-based education was one of the most severe limitations that children faced during the last two years of school closures.