New Delhi: Continuing to target Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, Congress on Monday said it was an
"outrageous reaction" from her on the non-availability of
funds with the state government to implement the Right to
Education Act and that the Centre should provide the money.
Dubbing her as "Murtidevi" (Goddess of statues), party
spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, "CM Murtidevi Mayawati has
brushed aside her and the state government`s responsibility
for implementing Right to Education Act. This is an outrageous
reaction from her."
He said the BSP government had money to spend on statues
and memorials but not for funding the education of children.
Singhvi said in the year 2009-10, Rs 4,500 crore was
set aside in the budget of the state for statues and memorials
and a further Rs 67 crore for setting up a force for the
protection of these memorials and statues.
"It reflects the thinking of Mayawati which is
non-development, anti-people and anti-children," the spokesman
said, adding "it was a negative mindset".
He said, for implementation of this Act, the Centre was
committed to provide 55 per cent of the funds and the state
government had to provide only 45 per cent, which came to Rs
8,000 crore for UP.
He said the government perhaps feared that knowledge will
be imparted to the children and her party would suffer if the
children grow up and become empowered.
"Perhaps it suits her that UP remains illiterate. There
are other avenues of politics. Do not bring it in the domain
of children`s education," Singhvi remarked.
Mayawati on Saturday addressed a letter to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, saying it would not be possible for the state
administration to fund implementation of the Right to
Education and asked the Centre to give money for the scheme.
She accused the Centre of overlooking practical aspects
of implementing the Right to Education Act by not arranging
money for its implementation.
Singhvi was further critical of the UP CM saying the
state lagged behind the national average in literacy, children
drop outs from school, maternal mortality, infant mortality
and other parameters.
Yesterday, Congress leader Kapil Sibal slammed Mayawati
for her comment, saying no other chief minister had raised
such an issue.