Lucknow: Accusing the Centre of
overlooking pratical aspects of implementing the Right to
Education Act, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday
sought funds from the UPA government to to enforce the law.
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
"The state had in a letter sent to the Centre in November
last year already requested for required funds," she said.
"As education has been included in the concurrent list,
it was necessary that the Centre should have held a formal
discussion with the states and should have made financial
arrangements for the implementation of the Act. But this has
not been done," Mayawati said.
"This is not fair that the Centre should issue directives
after framing policies relating to the Act and its
implementation is left solely on the states," she added.
She said though the Centre has framed the Act, it has
made no financial arrangements required for its
"I hope the Centre would seriously think over this
important issue and take a positive decision," she said.
Mayawati said that to implement the new Act on the
ground 4,596 new primary and 2,349 upper primary schools other
than development of infrastructure would be needed, for which
an expenditure of Rs 3,800 crore was estimated.
In addition to this, she said that to provide compulsory
education facility to all children in the age group of 6 to 14
years 3.25 lakh teachers would be required in primary schools.
"Besides 67,000 new regular and 44,000 part-time teachers
would be required in upper primary schools, which would create
an additional burden of Rs 10,000 crore in the form of
salaries and other heads," she said.
She said an expenditure of another Rs 3,000 crore was
estimated for compensating the private schools against
enrollment of 25 per cent children from economically weaker