SP walkout in UP assembly over govt`s reply on RTE

Samajwadi Party on Tuesday staged a walkout in Uttar Pradesh Assembly in reaction to Mayawati government`s reply that it could not execute Right to Education without funds from the Centre.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party on Tuesday staged a walkout in Uttar Pradesh Assembly in reaction to Mayawati government`s reply that it could not execute Right to Education without funds from the Centre, saying a government which had enough money for setting up stone structures had no funds for education.
In reply to supplementaries to a question by Jokhu Lal
Yadav of the SP on government plans to implement Right to
Education (RTE), Basic Education Minister Dharam Singh Saini
said that the Centre has yet to decide the ratio of financial
assistance to be provided to the states for it and issue
necessary guidelines in this regard.

Endorsing Saini`s reply, Higher Education Minister Rakesh
Dhar Tripathi said Chief Minister Mayawati had already
expressed her reservations on the expenditure to be borne by
the states in RTE implementation.

"If the states have to bear 90 per cent of the
expenditure, they can also bear the remaining ten per cent and
implement their own schemes", Tripathi said, adding that
several states had said that it was not possible to implement
RTE unless the Centre provided financial assistance to them.
Dissatisfied with the government`s reply, the Leader of
Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Shivpal Singh Yadav said that the
government had enough funds to raise stone structures but had
no funds for education and implement RTE before staging
a walkout.

BJP members also staged a walkout in the House today
alleging that the state government had failed to check
adulteration.

To a question by Shyamdev Roy Chaudhary (BJP) and Imran
Masood (SP) on adulteration in milk products and food grains,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma said samples were
being sent to government labs and stern action being taken
against the adulterers ranging from fine to life imprisonment.

However, BJP Legislature Party Leader Om Prakash Singh
staged a walkout charging the government with lacking
sincerity in its handling of the issue.

PTI