New Delhi: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik on Tuesday joined the bandwagon to demand 90 per cent
Central funding for at least two plan periods for implementing
the Right To Education (RTE) Act in the state.
Patnaik met HRD Minister Kapil Sibal here and also
demanded that 11 districts, including those affected by
Naxalism, should be considered special category districts at
par with northeastern states for the purpose of all schemes
of HRD Ministry.
"I have demanded that the Centre-State share should be
in the ratio of 90 to 10 to implement the Right of Children to
Free and Compulsory Education Act at least for two plan
periods," he told reporters after the meeting.
Patnaik`s demand comes a few days after similar demand
was made by chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Patnaik said Orissa has made concerted efforts for
improving the educational infrastructure at all levels and for
enhancing the technical skills and capabilities of its human
He said about half of the state is hit by poverty and
Left-wing extremism. The population in these areas require
special efforts and there need to treat these districts on a
par with northeastern states and other hill states, he said.
Sibal assured Patnaik that all the issues would be
considered favourably. Sibal said efforts will be made to
minimise the burden on the state.