Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday urged the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to provide total funds (Rs 18000 crore) needed to implement the Right to Education Act in Uttar Pradesh.
It would not be possible to make arrangements of about Rs 8000 crore (45 percent of total expenses) by the State Government in view its prevailing financial situation, said the Chief Minister in a letter to the Prime Minister sent on Saturday.
A question mark hangs on the implementation of the Act as the Chief Minister in her letter quoted the recurring and the recurring expenditure to be incurred to implement the Act to support her demand that the Centre should bear the burden to implement the Act.
As per the constitutional provisions the education was included in the concurrent list and the Centre should have formally consulted states on the issue, she said. The Union Government was not justified in issuing directives after framing the policies, she said.
Uttar Pradesh would need about Rs 18000 crore this year to implement the Act. The state government would have to make arrangements for about 45 percent of funds needed to implement the Act, she said.
If the Union Government was serious about implementation of the Act it should bear the financial burden, she said. CM referred to Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar to make her point that as 'architect' of the Indian Constitution he had given utmost importance to education. Ambedkar's dream was yet to be fulfilled, she said. This was the reason that the dalits, the poor among the backward classes and the minorities had suffered the most, she said.
Chief Minister gave a break up of recurring and non-recurring expenditure that the State Government would have to incur to implement the Act. Uttar Pradesh would have to set up about 4596 new primary schools, 9349 new junior high schools and develop other infrastructure facilities to make the Act a reality, she said. This would need a sum of Rs 3800 crore, she said.
About 3,25,000 additional teachers would be needed for the primary schools, she said. About 67000 additional regular teachers and 44000 additional part times teachers would be needed for the junior high schools, she said.