The State government has reiterated its demand that the Centre should reimburse the amount the State spends as fees for students admitted under the Right to Education (RTE) quota. Besides, it should also meet the additional cost of LPG cylinders used to prepare midday meals in schools.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri told presspersons here on Tuesday that shifting the financial burden of implementing the RTE Act on the State government, while also asking the State to bear the additional costs of LPG cylinders, would have an unfavourable impact on the brittle finances of the State.
The increase in prices of LPG cylinders would cost the State an additional Rs. 100 crore annually, Mr. Kageri said.
Besides, it would have to shell out Rs. 50 crore as payment to private schools for admitting 25 per cent of their students under RTE. He estimated this reimbursement would go up to Rs. 150 crore the next financial year, and increase as the intake of students increased.
“It would be impossible for the States to bear this expenditure in the years to come,” he said. The Minister accused the Centre of shirking its responsibility after introducing the Act.
‘The increase in prices of LPG cylinders will cost the State an additional Rs. 100 crore annually’ ‘Reimbursement under RTE will go up to Rs. 150 crore next year’
‘The increase in prices of LPG cylinders will cost the State an additional Rs. 100 crore annually’
‘Reimbursement under RTE will go up to Rs. 150 crore next year’