Bhubaneswar: Seeking a financial
assistance of Rs 16,000 crore from the Centre, Orissa
government on Tuesday said it was unlikely to implement the Right
to Education Act from April one due to dearth of funds.
"Though we welcome the Right to Education Act, it is
not possible to implement the legislation due to lack of funds
required for it," School and Mass Education Minister Pratap
Jena told reporters.
As huge funds are required to make fresh appointment
of teachers, build new infrastructure and other amenities, the
state government might not be able to implement it on April 1.
The minister said additional 30,000 schools need to be
opened for making RTE effective. "We have already informed the
Centre regarding the state`s difficulties," he said.
The state government`s stand on making a law to make
education a fundamental right of every child in the age group
of six to 14 years, came a day after President Pratibha Patil
in her address to the joint sitting of Parliament announced
the date of implementation of the RTE Act.
"Framing law is not sufficient to make education a
fundamental right. The Centre has to assist states to make it
effective," he said demanding special category state status in
terms of education for the state.
Otherwise, Jena said Orissa should be provided funds
on mass education sector in 90:10 ratio, a provision made for
North Eastern states.