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Cabinet to take up RTE funding, caste census

The Union Cabinet is scheduled to on Thursday take up a crucial proposal to hike the central share of funding for the Right to Education Act aimed at resolving the bickering between the Centre and states.

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2010 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent

The Union Cabinet is scheduled to on Thursday take up a crucial proposal to hike the central share of funding for the Right to Education Act aimed at resolving the bickering between the Centre and states.

The Cabinet may also consider a proposal for a separate caste-based census, a news agency reported.

The home ministry proposal is based on the recommendations of a group of ministers headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The Centre will over the next five years pay over 68 per cent of the funds required for the implementation of the landmark law after the hike, okayed by the finance ministry’s expenditure finance committee end-July.

Five months after the Act was launched on April 1, the hike in central funding is expected to finally result in states implementing the legislation on the ground, top government sources have told HT.

The RTE Act will be implemented principally using the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan as its vehicle. At present, the Centre and states share the funding of the SSA in a 55:45 per cent ratio while the Centre bears 90 per cent of the financial burden for north-eastern states.

The human resource development ministry has projected R 2,31,233 crore as the total cost over five years of implementing the law. The 13th Finance Commission has already set aside R 24,068 crore of additional funds to help the states implement the law.

Under the HRD ministry’s proposal, the Centre will bear 65 per cent of funding, apart from the finance panel’s grant — effectively meaning a central share in excess of 68 per cent.

The Cabinet may also consider a proposal for a separate caste-based census. The home ministry proposal is based on the recommendations of a GoM headed by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.