Maya has crores for statues` security, but not for schools
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 23:51
Lucknow: In the midst of a raging row over over her government's spending money for Dalit memorials, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday said 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 pratical aspects of implementing the Right to Education Act by not arranging money for its implementation.

Mayawati alleged the Centre was not serious in implementing the Act. "This was the reason Centre did not look into practical aspects while implementing the Act and a nominal provision was made in the budget," she said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"If the Centre is really willing to implement the Right to Education Act to benefit the people, it should bear the financial burden to be created on the state for implementation of the Act," Mayawati said.

She said that to implement the Act in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 18,000 crore would be needed in one year, of which 45 per cent--Rs 8,000 crore--have to be arranged by the state.

It would be difficult for the state to arrange Rs 8,000 crore considering its present financial condition, she said.

Mayawati said if the Centre seriously wanted to implement the Right to Education Act, it should provide required funds to UP.

"The state had in a letter sent to the Centre in November last year already requested for required funds," she said.


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 23:51

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