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RTE funds should come from Centre: U.P.

The Uttar Pradesh Government has reiterated that the Centre should bear the additional cost of Rs. 8,000 crore required for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the State. It said since the RTE is a Central Act, the moral responsibility for its implementation rests with the Centre.

In a bid to dispel the notion of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, being opposed to the RTE, the Cabinet Secretary, Shashank Shekhar Singh, told reporters here on Monday that the Chief Minister supported the Act, but she wants the Centre to make the funds available to the State, so that the objectives of the Act can be achieved and sustained.

Mr. Singh said the Chief Minister had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 28, 2009 when the RTE was in its discussion stage apprising him of the financial implications on the States. She had urged the Prime Minister that the additional financial burden be provided by the Union Government. He said the second letter sent by the Chief Minister to the Prime Minister on April 3, 2010 was simply a reiteration of the facts mentioned in the earlier letter.

He said the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was not alone in drawing the Prime Minister's attention towards the financial implications. The Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar and Punjab had also written to the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretary added.

Referring to certain remarks by Central leaders, Mr. Singh said the Chief Minister is anguished at such a serious issue like education being treated so superficially. Ms. Mayawati is further dismayed at the attempt made by some to divert attention towards the money spent on building monuments of Dalit icons. The Cabinet Secretary said Ms. Mayawati has urged the Prime Minister and other Central leaders to take her views on the subject seriously so that the Act could be implemented at the ground level.

Stating that education has always been given top priority by Ms. Mayawati, the Cabinet Secretary said several “historical” decisions have been taken by her in this field. The appointment of about 66,000 primary school teachers, setting up of primary schools in Ambedkar villages, scholarship to about 72 lakh students belonging to SC/ST, OBCs and other deprived sections and computer education in 50 madarsas being among them.

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