HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was visibly upset today as a key bill seeking to treat children with disabilities as a disadvantaged group under the Right to Education Act could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the budget session.
As the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill 2010 was listed in the order paper, Sibal came prepared. However, to his disappointment he came to know minutes before the start of the proceedings that the Bill was not going to be taken up.
While the Left party members were on the keen on passage of the bill, the BJP wanted that there should be enough time for the debate on the important measure.
The BJP wanted at least four-hour discussion on the bill. Later talking to reporters, Karat blamed both Congress and the BJP saying the bill was "sacrificed because of the government managers and obduracy of BJP." She said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal did not make effort for the passage of the bill.
Karat said that BJP cooperated with the government on the introduction of the Pension Bill but they would not cooperate in the passage of this education bill.
The proposed measures was aimed to include children with disabilities in the definition of 'child belonging to disadvantaged group' in RTE Act. With attendance on the Treasury benches thin in the Lok Sabha during introduction of a bill to regulate pension funds, over 30 members from the BJP had yesterday voted in favour of the bill's introduction.