Paswan for free education for SC, STs upto PG level
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Last Updated: Monday, April 19, 2010, 21:36
New Delhi: LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday demanded that the government should provide free and compulsory education to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students upto post-graduate level instead of till eighth standard as prescribed in the Right to Education Act.

"We welcome the new education policy of the government and the (Right to Education) Act which seeks to provide free and compulsory education to children in the age group of six to 14 years," Paswan said at a press meet organised by the National Dalit Front here.

"But we demand that SC and ST children be provided free and compulsory education from kindergarten to post-graduate level. They should be provided free food, free books and free clothes," he added.

He said that this should have been done for children belonging to all weaker and disadvantaged sections "but if it is not possible, at least free and compulsory education be provided to SC and ST students upto post-graduate level."

Paswan said there is opposition from various quarters with respect to the arrival of foreign universities in India but "our concern" is about students from SC, ST and weaker sections.

"We demand that 50 per cent seats be reserved in such foreign universities and also in Indian schools and colleges to provide free and compulsory education to students belonging to SC, ST communities and economically weaker sections," he said.

Government is set to introduce a bill in Parliament to allow entry and operation of foreign universities in India.

He said that these issues figured in the meeting of the National Dalit Front in which was attended by CPI leader D Raja and leaders from other political parties including Congress and BJP.

Paswan also announced that the Front will stage a demonstration near Parliament on August 13 to press their 11-point demand which will include reservation to SCs and STs in private sector jobs and higher judiciary, allocation of land to landless and immediate implementation of Bhuria Committee recommendations on tribals.


First Published: Monday, April 19, 2010, 21:36

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