No fund to implement Right to Education, says Maya

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Lucknow, Apr 4: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has sought funds from the Centre to implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act in the state for compulsory education.

Mayawati has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by asking funds for implementation of the act in state.

She said that it would be difficult for the state government to make it possible due to lack of funds.

Mayawati also alleged the Centre was not serious in implementing the Act.

"If the Centre is really willing to implement the Right to Education Act to benefit the people, it should bear the financial burden to be created on the state for implementation of the Act," Mayawati said.

She said that to implement the Act in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 18,000 crore would be needed in one year, of which 45 per cent--Rs 8,000 crore--have to be arranged by the state.

"It would be difficult for the state to arrange Rs 8,000 crore considering its present financial condition," she said.

A nominal ratio of 65 per cent by the Centre and 35 per cent by the State had been settled while passing the Act.

The RTE Act came into force on Thursday, Apr 1 and promises to ensure education for all children between 6 and 14.

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