Lucknow: Turning down Uttar Pradesh’s proposal to hike the Right to Education funds allotted to the state, the Centre asked the BSP-led government to wait till the National Development Council meeting for the 12th Five Year Plan takes place.

Despite the demand of increase in funds for implementation of RTE by UP Chief Minister Mayawati, the Centre has not guaranteed anything in this regard.

In a letter to the state government, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal cleared that any decision regarding the hike in RTE funds will be taken during the National Development Council meeting for the 12th Five Year Plan.

The Centre had set the expenditure of funds in the ratio of 65:35 till the year 2014-15. However, the state government is unhappy with this ratio and is repeatedly demanding that the funds should be increased.

Under the RTE Act, for 2010-11 and 2012-13 the state requires 12,000 new primary schools, 3000 new upper primary schools, 1.10 lakh additional classrooms and 2.50 lakh additional teachers. Also, boundary walls are to be constructed in around 20,000 schools.

The state government spends nearly Rs 12,000 crore on the salaries of teachers of the Basic Education Department. The state government said that additional Rs 4,000 crore will be spent every year for appointment of new teachers, which will be borne by the state.

Meanwhile, the state government also fears the government will reduce its share of 65 percent in the funds after 2014-15.

Mayawati on April 21 had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to raise the Centre’s share in the RTE funds.

The state government also stated that since UP is the most populous state of India, children falling in the 6-14 years age group are more. However, Sibal stated that the discussions will be held in the NDC meet.

JPN/Bureau