Now, Right to Education, a fundamental right

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New Delhi, Oct 31: The Union Cabinet has cleared the Right to Education Bill, providing for free and compulsory education to children between 6 and 14 years. ''The Bill will make Right to Education a fundamental right,'' Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said, briefing reporters on last evening's Cabinet meeting. He said the Right to Education is the enabling legislation to notify the 86th constitutional amendment, which was passed by Parliament earlier but not notified.

Mr Chidambaram, however, refused to give the details, citing Delhi Assembly elections next month. He said the text of the Bill would be given after getting clearance from the Election Commission. He said the Bill will make providing free and compulsory education to children in the age group 6-14 years a legally enforceable duty of the Centre and the States.

The approval to the Bill was given on the basis of the recommendations of a group of ministers (GoM), which included Mr Chidambaram, HRD minister Arjun Singh, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal.


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