New Delhi: The government data suggests that there has been a considerable decrease in the budget allocated to the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow during last two years. This is despite the fact that numerous research projects related to various bioscience verticals are currently under process at the Institute.
During the financial year 2014-15, the allocated budget for the leading Institute that is affiliated with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was Rs 179.789 crore. During 2015-16, the amount allocated was Rs 179.130 crore, which is approximately Rs 65 lakhs lesser than previous one. In the year 2016-17, the funds allocated were Rs 160.497 crore, that is Rs 19 crore lesser than the previous years. Even in the first half of the fiscal year 2017-18, the fund allocation has been Rs 66.788 crore.
The decrease in the allocations seems to be in tune with the government’s policy to get the institutes to generate their own funds through various means including private partnerships.