It has been one-and-half year since the Right to Education Act to be in effect, which is billed to be a great tool to bring in a diametric change in society, saw light of the day, however, ironically many states have yet to implement it. The big states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal have not issued even notification as far as implementation of RTE is concerned. Surprisingly, Delhi, a national capital, has also the same bandwagon. This is sheer enormous slipshodness on the part of the concerned people sitting at the helm of administration, who do not have urge to shoulder social obligations. The Right to Education has mandated states to provide elementary education to children belonging to 6-14 age group free of cost. The implementation of this law is not only carrying out social obligations rather it is also a process of building the nation. The government speaks at length on the significance of education, but when there is a point of time to act, they appear differently. The Central government has noted that the states which have not issued notification regarding RTE would be deprived of the funds for building new schools. This plea of the Centre will hardly serve the purpose as it is unlikely that state governments will budge with this message. This is mere lackadaisical attitude of the state governments that they have issued notification after repeated reminders from the Centre to implement the RTE. It is highly surprising that till the end of the last fiscal, only 15 states had issued notification in connection with the RTE.

It is extremely deplorable that RTE is said to be effective and significant tool to ameliorate society as well as build the nation, however, the state governments are showing their slackness towards implementation the process. It is worth mentioning that simply issuing the notification will not help in imparting education to the children of the said age group rather it requires proper infrastructure like school, teachers and other resources. However, the Centre incurs lion’s share of the expense on the execution the RTE, but state governments still bring forth with of fund crunch. Going by the attitude of state governments, it is unlikely that there will be any concrete action to improve the condition of schools and impart quality education under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Undoubtedly, it is a big task to provide all children of the 6-14 age group, but it is not impossible if the state governments take interest. If state governments show their laxness, private schools will also not facilitate their contributions to this great mission.