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Congress-ruled states demand more funds for RTE

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar may have taken the lead in demanding more central funds for implementing the Right To Education Act, but Congress-ruled states are also joining the race now.



New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh and Bihar may
have taken the lead in demanding more central funds for
implementing the Right To Education Act, but Congress-ruled
states are also joining the race now.

Several Congress-ruled states, including Delhi and
Rajasthan, have demanded 90 to 100 per cent funding from the
Centre towards the implementation of the new law, said a
committee set up by HRD Ministry to suggest ways for revamping
the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scheme in the light of the new Act.
The implementation of the Act would require Rs 1.71
lakh crore in the next five years. The committee`s report,
which has given the comments of the states on funding pattern,
said majority of them have expressed inability to bear the
additional funds required to implement the Act.

These states are currently giving 45 per cent share
for the SSA scheme which would be the main vehicle for
implementation of the RTE Act.

The report quoted Delhi Education Secretary Rakesh
Mohan as saying that the existing fund sharing pattern under
SSA needs to be changed to 90-10 between the Centre and the
state. The financial liability on account of RTE Act will be
high and additional burden should be borne by central
government, the report said.
The panel, headed by former education secretary Anil
Bordia, submitted its report to the HRD Ministry last week.

Umesh Kumar, Commissioner of Rajasthan Council of
Elementary Education, has said that additional funds for RTE
will be required from the Centre.

Andhra Pradesh has said that all the additional cost
should be borne by the Centre. Similarly Congress-ruled
Manipur and Meghalaya, where Congress-led government is in
power, have said the additional liability on account of RTE
Act should not be passed on to the states.

The other major states which have expressed inability
to fund the new law include Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh,
Karnataka, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and
Kerala.

Uttar Pradesh and Bihar would require the major share
of the estimated Rs 1.71 lakh crore for implementation of the
Act. While 24 per cent of this fund would be required for
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will need 17 per cent followed by West
Bengal (eight per cent), Rajasthan (seven per cent) and
Jharkhand (six per cent).

PTI

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