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…Officials are happy that the Urdu Academy budget is substantially increased from Rs. 7.40 crore in 2012-13 to Rs. 25.11 crore now.

But they feel the budget allotted to shadikhanas could have been better used for the 84 Urdu computer centres, 70 libraries and other schemes.

For want of sufficient funds, the Urdu Academy is unable to print syllabus books for Urdu medium students of school, Intermediate and degree level. For many years, this job is entrusted to Telugu Academy.

Scrap scheme

If the shadikhana scheme is scrapped or its budget cut down, the Academy can print its own text books, it is said.