The State government has opposed the Union government tagging funds provided under the Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan (SSA) to the expenditure involved in the implementation of the Right To Education (RTE) Act in the State, and demanded exclusive allocation of the funds for reimbursing fees to private educational institutions for students admitted under the RTE provisions.

Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said the State government had released Rs. 50 crore from its funds for reimbursement of the fees of students admitted under the RTE in private educational institutions this year, and it would be difficult for it to bear the burden of reimbursement in the years to come, since the amount is bound to increase.

Mr. Kageri said that Centre cannot put the entire onus of implementation of the RTE and reimbursement of the fees on the State governments and should come to their aid by providing financial assistance.

He said that despite repeated requests made by State government in this regard, there had been no firm commitment from the Centre. The Union government had indicated that States should use funds available under the SSA for reimbursing fees to private institutions. “We cannot allow this diversion of the funds from the SSA since the programmes chalked out under the scheme for improving infrastructure in schools and payment of fees to teachers would be seriously affected,” he said

Referring to the implementation of the RTE in the State, Mr Kageri said that the Centre had acknowledged that RTE implementation in Karnataka was the best in the country.

He said that the State achieved 50 per cent of the target in the implementation of the RTE in the first year owing to non-implementation of the RTE provisions in schools following CBSE syllabus. When all the clarifications sought by the government on extending RTE to the CBSE schools were received, these schools had completed admission process.

“We will achieve cent per cent implementation in all the schools including CBSE in the next academic year,” he added.

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