Claiming that the government was not allocating sufficient funds for education, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Saturday called for making quality education affordable and accessible to all.
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At a meeting of its Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha here, the Sangh passed two resolutions expressing “deep concern” over the privatisation and commercialisation of all levels of education and health.
For education, the RSS’s highest decision-making body urged the government to set up a regulatory authority which could check the increasingly “aggressive” private sector.
“The government…in the budgetary process…(is allocating to education) less than what is required…so the government is withdrawing and the private sector is becoming aggressive…if anyone is suffering because of this, it is the student,” RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sah-Sampark Pramukh Aniruddh Deshpande told mediapersons here.
“So we have talked about two things in our proposal…one, the government’s allocation should increase…and two, there should be an autonomous regulatory body for all institutes under the private sector…regulatory bodies exist today as well but they are not working efficiently,” he added.
The second resolution was related to healthcare, over which the Sangh again expressed deep concern.
“Healthcare is getting centralised in urban areas…there is a shortage of medical facilities in remote and rural areas…as a result, for an ordinary person, healthcare is expensive and often in a big way, unavailable,” Deshpande said.
“We have said in the proposal that healthcare should be affordable and accessible…generic medicines should be opened up…government should ensure that they are available everywhere. Medical education too, is getting expensive, and so the expense incurred on it is passed on to the ordinary person after starting practice…other branches of medicine like Ayurveda, Unani etc should be promoted (after ensuring) standardisation of methods,” he said.