Kolkata: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
today said the Human Resource Development ministry would be
allocated Rs 2.31 lakh crore over the next three years to set
up infrastructure for implementing the Right to Education.
"The HRD minister has said that Rs 2,31,000 crore will be
required for implementing RTE in the next three years for
setting up schools, appointment of teachers and building of
infrastructure. I said that the money will be provided,"
Mukherjee said at a seminar here.
Mukherjee`s comments come against the backdrop of a
government decision recently to embark upon a nationwide
consultation process with stakeholders to overcome teething
troubles in implementing the Right To Education (RTE) Act.
The first meeting will be held on August 14, in which all
issues pertaining to implementation of the law will be
discussed, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had told reporters here
"There are many issues in implementation of the RTE law.
We are meeting the principals and all the stakeholders on
August 14 to find out the problems and discuss the way out,"
he had said.
Mukherjee also said at the seminar on `Economic vision of
Indian National Congress` here that the government would
provide legal teeth to the Right to Health and Right to Food
through a legal enactment.
He said providing such rights and budgetary support to
implement those programmes were made possible because of the
economic growth that India has achieved over the last few
"It was not possible in the Eighties. But now, I am
confident to provide budgetary support for bringing in an
all-inclusive growth," Mukherjee said.
The government was also determined to give 25 kilos of
rice or wheat to the BPL families at a pre-determined price of
Rs three per kilo irrespective of the market rates, he added.
Mukherjee said the Congress had always set the economic
agenda of the country irrespective of its merits or demerits.