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Reservation pays, states told

Sources say states which implement quotas under the Right to Education scheme will get 25 per cent more funds from the Centre than the others.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 02:26 IST

Even as the reservation row grows, the HRD Ministry has made a proposal to give a higher grant to states where private unaided schools have quotas for educationally, socially and economically weaker sections than to those that do not.

In a proposal submitted to the Planning Commission for the Eleventh Plan, the HRD Ministry has sought funds to the tune of Rs 50,000 crore to fund the Right to Education scheme. A part of it was meant to pay private, unaided schools for the free education of students from the weaker sections of society, said an official.

Sources say states which implement quotas under the Right to Education scheme will get 25 per cent more funds from the Centre than the others.

While states that do not have reservation in unaided schools will be paid 25 per cent of their expenses, those having quota will get up to 50 per cent of the overheads depending on the percentage of reservation.

“The idea is that the Centre will meet most of the expenses towards the free education of children from weaker sections,” an official said.

Under the model Right to Education Bill, likely to be introduced in the monsoon session, states which adopt it will have to make payment to private unaided schools. This will cover tuition fees and other expenses of students who belong to weaker sections.

“It will be on the states to define weaker sections and bring in a law for the percentage of reservation. We are fixing any figure,” an official said.

On why there was no quota regime for government schools, the official said reservation was only applicable where admission was limited and in government schools, there was no such restriction.