Reportedly Fiscal deficit has been breached by a huge margin already. In that sense, I do not think that it is a big deal to breach it more. I would not be supporting fiscal tightening right now," Banerjee said at a press conference in Mumbai. Reacting to questions about the Centre planning to cut approximately Rs 3,000 crore from the education budget, Abhijeet Banerjee said that it would not have much of an impact as education is a state subject.
Banerjee said "To be honest, the federal govt provides very less fund for education as education is a state subject. Union government cutting Rs 3000 crores from the education budget is actually like a drop in the ocean as it is controlled by the state".
He added "I think we should focus on doing more with the resources we have, our teachers are paid among the highest in the world relative to the GDP per capita, therefore we should be getting them to perform better".