Puducherry: Opposition AIADMK on Saturday asked the government to initiate steps to implement effectively the provisions of Right to Education Act in the Union Territory.
AIADMK Deputy Legislature party leader A Anbalagan said the purpose of the Act was to ensure education was accessible to children of poor families and to ensure 25 per cent quota of seats in schools for children of BPL families. But government was sluggish in implementing RTE, virtually denying the children the opportunities.
He said government should also encourage girl children in education by providing them special incentives. These would not only lure them into educational institutions, but also prevent dropouts.
Anbalagan also demanded that surprise inspections of industries and organisations be taken to check child labour. Children in dangerous establishments should be rescued and rehabilitated in educational institutions, he said.
He also said provisions of funds under special component plan meant for the downtrodden should be utilised for the purpose the funds were meant.