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Bihar needs Rs 27,000 cr to implement RTE Act: CM

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 19:39

Patna: Bihar requires Rs 27,000 crore, much
beyond the state`s internal resources, to implement the Right
to Education Act in the first year itself, Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar said on Monday.

"The state will require Rs 27,000 crore to implement the
Act in Bihar, which is far beyond its capacity," he told a
press conference here.

"Look at the figure, the budgetary outlay for Bihar for
2010-11 is Rs 53,000 crore... Can it be possible to spare Rs
27,000 crore from it," he said.

Kumar said the Centre owed the entire responsibility
for implementation of the Right to Education Act in the
states.

It should make available hundred per cent assistance
under this head for implementing the Act, he said.

"Some states have suggested the Centre should bear 90
per cent cost of the financial burden for implementation of
the Act while the Centre is ready for meeting 55 per cent
of the expenses," he said.

"Cash-strapped state like Bihar can`t afford even this.
The Centre holds the key of financial resources. It is its
duty to make available funds to meet the expenses on the Right
to Education Act in toto," Kumar said.

He said the initiative to include education as a
fundamental right was taken by the erstwhile NDA government
led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

PTI

First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 19:39
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