Right to Education issue referred to GoM

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) The proposal to bring a Bill in Parliament to make Right to Education a fundamental right was today referred to a group of Ministers (GoM) by the Union Cabinet.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia will be the members of the GoM.

''Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the GoM to come out with its recommendations quickly as it is the government's priority (to bring the Bill in Parliament),'' Mr Sibal told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

He said the NDA government tried to bring in the legislation but could not succeed.

''We will get the Bill passed in Parliament before we demit office,'' Mr Sibal added.

The proposed Bill promises free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6-14 by making it a fundamental right.

The NDA regime introduced the 86th Constitutional Amendment making free and compulsory education a fundamental right but could to notify it in the absence of the enabling Bill.

The Amendment would be notified only after the enabling Bill becomes a law.

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