In a first in the country, Rajasthan Assembly Thursday cleared a bill for amendment in Right to Education Act, 2009, to improve the standards of education by removing the provision of not failing students till Class VIII and instead evaluating them on the basis of their performance.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2015 was among the four bills which the House passed amid uproar by the Opposition Congress which was raising its demands in the Well.
“Rajasthan is the first state to do so and this will improve quality of education,” Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education Vasudev Devnani said, before the bill was passed.
Devnani said students up to Class VIII will be evaluated on the basis of their performance and the amendment was aimed at improving educational foundation of the students.
The bills related to two private universities and amendments in Rajasthan Secondary Education Act, 1957 were also passed by the House, which had to be adjourned two times following uproar by the Opposition Congress.
As soon as the session began, Speaker Kailash Meghwal called out the name of Golma Devi for the first question during Question Hour.
However, Opposition leader Rameshwar Dudi raised the Lalit Modi issue and sought the resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi and other Congress members stormed into the Well of the House, and created pandemonium.
Speaker Kailash Meghwal had called the listed question before the Opposition’s demands and Minister Prabhu Lal Saini also gave reply amid the din.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore objected to the Opposition’s demands and said they should raise their issues as per the rules of the business of the house.
Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria also countered the Opposition but the Speaker denied him permission to speak.
Despite this, minister Kataria continued and the Speaker issued instructions to not take on record what Kataria said in the House. After nearly ten minutes of vociferous protest, the Speaker adjourned the House till 1 pm.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini replied to a listed question which was called by the minister and he informed the House that the state government in the past five years has distributed a grant of Rs 426.34 crore to ‘gaushalas’ (cow shelters).
When the House reassembled, Congress members continued with their protest which led to a second adjournment till 2 pm.
Third time, Opposition Congress members and Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal protested in the Well of House but the Speaker ignored them and took up the listed business and the bills were passed after which the House was adjourned for the day. With PTI inputs
Rao Rajendra Singh new Deputy Speaker
Senior BJP MLA Rao Rajendra Singh will be the new deputy speaker. He was the only candidate who filed nomination for the post on Thursday. He will be elected unopposed on Friday. The BJP also appointed Madan Rathore as its deputy chief whip in the assembly. Both the MLAs will now get the status of a minister of state. Rao Rajendra Singh represents Shahpura constituency and is also in the Speakers panel of Vidhan Sabha.
Madan Rathore is MLA from Bali in Pali district. Rajeev Jain