New Delhi: Owing to the lackadaisical approach of the state governments for the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act, children are still being deprived of free and compulsory education.

Although the Centre had introduced the Act around a year back, 16 states have yet not issued the notification of norms in this regard. Miffed over the issue, the Centre has clarified that it will not approve the construction of new schools, creation of new posts of teachers under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan to these states, till the time the notification of norms for RTE is issued.

Sources said 16 states including Jharkhand, Punjab, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are yet to issue the notification.18 states including Bihar and Haryana have either made their own rules with the compliance of Law or adopted the norms set by the Union Government.

The Centre had raised the issue on the meeting of Project Approval Board (PAB) of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on April 25. In the meeting, Uttar Pradesh authorities had said the draft of the norms is under consideration of Law Department while Jharkhand had said the approval would be given within a week.

Ministry is going to raise this issue on the conference of Education Ministers of the states on June 8.

The Government has handed over the task of monitoring of implementation of the Law to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) at the Centre, while State Commission for Protection of Child Rights have been assigned the task in the states.