The Union government is committed to implementing the Right to Education Act in its true spirit, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said in Gulbarga on Monday.

We are making all preparations for implementing the Act and we are confident of implementing it, he told presspersons.

To a query, he said that the Centre was not unnecessarily worried about reports of inadequate infrastructure to implement the Act. Improving infrastructure and appointment of teachers is a responsibility shared by the Centre and the States. Secondly these things do not happen overnight. They have to be done over a period of time in a phased manner. But then, the implementation of the Act will not be delayed just because we don't have adequate infrastructure or we have lesser number of teachers than we actually require, he said.

The Planning Commission has set up an expert committee to determine the poverty line. The criteria used in various government schemes to identify Below Poverty Line beneficiaries is different. So, based on the recommendations of the panel, we will evolve a mechanism to fix the poverty line so that it is uniform across various government schemes, he said.

On the project to link rivers, Mr. Ahluwalia said that the Centre had not yet drawn plans for it. Though the Supreme Court has given its nod to it, there are are several issues that need to be looked at before the project is implemented, he said. There are serious environmental concerns that need to be addressed. Feasibility studies have to be conducted before we draw up concrete plans for taking up such a project, he added.