UPA not keen to implement RTE: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the general budget for 2011-12 showed that the UPA-II at the Centre was not not firm in its resolve to implement the Right to Education Act.

Last Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 21:25 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
today said the general budget for 2011-12 showed that the
UPA-II at the Centre was not not firm in its resolve to
implement the Right to Education Act.

Addressing a function here, Kumar said the budget
presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed to
allocate Rs 21000 crore during 2011 from Rs 15,000 crore
during the corresponding period previous year at the national
level.

"The allocation of fund proposed for the states,
particularly a backward state like Bihar is meagre," he said.

The fact remained that the state of Bihar required
allocation of Rs 27000 crore during the first year for
strict implementation of the RTE Act.

"We cannot think of inclusive growth as long as every
one receives education and reaps the harvest of development,"
Kumar said.

He enumerated the achievements of his government and
said the bicycle distribution scheme launched by it was a
grand success and a role model.

PTI