LJP President, Ramvilas Paswan on Tuesday slammed Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar for his statement that the state lacked resources to implement the Right to Education Act (RTE) and said the act should be implemented to ensure rapid growth of Bihar.

“Kumar’s statement that Bihar lacks resources to implement the act is misleading... when a backward state like Orissa and states in northern India have come forward to implement the Act, then Bihar should also follow the suit,” Mr. Paswan told reporters.

Mr. Paswan said when the chief minister made big claims about state’s growth, he should not not talk about financial crunch in implementing the Act.

“Without attaining total literacy, the development of the state won’t be possible,” he said.