The implementation of Right to Education Act serves a befitting example of the fact that formation of law cannot fulfill the desired needs. Though the law which intends to provide free and compulsory education to children in the age group of 6 to 14 years came into effect more than a year back, several states are yet to initiate the basic steps required to implement the Act. The list of 16 states yet to issue notification in this regard including bigger states like Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and also has smaller states like Jharkhand. The most astonishing fact is that Delhi is also in the list of states bringing stagnation in education. Though these states have come up with different alibis to justify their lackadaisical approach on the issue, it is hard to explain the reasons behind the unwarranted delay in issuing the notification for the process. One who lacks willpower has no dearth of excuses. If Haryana can execute the project, then why not Punjab? Similarly, if Bihar has done needful for the project, then why not Jharkhand? Though the Union Government is correct in its initiative to impede all further benefits given under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan to the states which have not issued a notification, the strict measure is not ensuring a guarantee that these states will speed up the activities in this regard. They can easily overlook this warning. The fact of the matter is that stagnation in Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan would hardly make any impact on the planning of the states.

It is highly disappointing that at a time when the Union Government is contemplating on providing free education to students up to Class X through the Right to Education Act, the various state governments have refused to display alacrity to facilitate even the primary education system. Many states have not yet constituted the Child Right Protection Commission, which is required to monitor the implementation of Right to Education Act. Similarly, it is no longer a hidden fact that several states have brought about changes in the teacher recruitment process as per their likings. It is discouraging that though the states are reminding the Centre about its responsibility for the implementation of Right to Education Act, but they themselves are not eager to initiate the steps required on their behalf. After watching the unwarranted delay in the project, it appears that only formalities are being completed. Under such circumstances, it cannot be assumed that the state governments are serious about providing quality education to children. Since the attitude of majority of state governments towards Right to Education Act is unsatisfactory, it is necessary that the Central Government continues to mount pressures on states and ensure that there is no sluggishness in implementation of the Act. It is better that the Union Government mulls over the idea of taking an initiative to felicitate those who have lived up to the expectations in the implementation of Right to Education Act.