KARNATAKA

Swamiji stresses need to implement compulsory free education

Correspondent

Chamarajanagar: Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, seer of Suttur Mutt, has urged the Government to take steps to pass an order for the compulsory admission of children of government employees to government schools.

Speaking at inauguration of a school complex here on Sunday, the swamiji said primary and secondary education should be provided compulsorily to all children.

He said providing education in high-tech private educational institutions is a prestigious matter for many people, but it is a bad concept. He praised educational institutions that work for the uplift of children from economically backward sections of society.

Inaugurating the school complex building, former Union Minister V. Srinivas Prasad said it is the duty of every parent to make sure that their children get education. He said though the Parliament is the major policy making body, it has failed to implement compulsory education. He praised the Suttur Mutt for providing free education to children of oppressed and voiceless people.

Speaking on the occasion, Arathi Desai Gowdar, actress, said the Union and State governments are spending crores of rupees in trying to provide free education. Despite their efforts, child labour is prevalent.

`Meetayi mane", a film directed by Ms. Gowdar that won a State award, was screened at a theatre here.

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies and district in-charge H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, Chamarajanagar MP Shivanna, Hanur MLA Parimala Nagappa, Santhemalli MLA Druvanarayan, and Kollegal MLA Balaraj, were present on the occasion.

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