No funds to implement RTE: Bihar CM

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Patna, Apr 7: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that the state government lacked funds to implement the Right to Education Act.

Speaking to reporters, Kumar said, "The states lack sufficient resources to implement the Right to Education Act."

He further said, "It is the responsibility of the Centre to meet cent per cent expenditure on this head without specifying share of the states and centre."

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

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

Bihar would need 3.30 lakh more teachers and 1.8 lakh additional classrooms to implement the act.

State human resource department minister, Harinarayan Singh said, "Preliminary estimates by the state government suggest that it will require around Rs 28,000 crore to implement the act."

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