RTE Act to be amended to include disabled children
New Delhi: The government on Thursday approved
introduction of a bill in Parliament to amend the Right To
Education Act to include disabled children under its ambit.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, gave the approval for introduction of the bill for
carrying out amendments in the Right of Children to Free and
Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which was passed by Parliament
in July this year.
The Act provides for free and compulsory education as a
fundamental right of every child in the 6-14 age bracket and
earmarks 25 per cent of the seats to children from
economically weaker sections in private schools.
The government decided to amend the Act keeping in view
the demand of groups working for the disabled children. These
groups have been putting pressure on the government to ensure
that disabled children are covered by the Act.
The amendment will provide for special rights to pursue
free and compulsory elementary education to children with
disabilities as defined in the National Trust for Welfare of
Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and
Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999, Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: APJ Abdul Kalam's last journey, India bids a tearful adieu
- DNA : Justice delivered; India hangs 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon
- Robert Vadra explains Facebook post, denies insulting Parliament
- Shashi Tharoor condems Yakub Memon's hanging
- Exclusive interview with Usman Majid, MLA, J&K Congress
- Yakub Memon: The two men who lead police to 'House of Memons'
- Why did you choose Smriti Irani as HRD minister? Congress leader asks PM Narendra Modi
- Meeting called by Speaker fails to end Parliament logjam; government indicates all-party meet
- Rajnath slams UPA for coining 'Hindu terrorists', Congress accuses BJP of playing politics on terror
- Cristiano Ronaldo great, but Lionel Messi is greatest: Xavi Hernandez