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The passage of Right to Education (RTE) Bill is likely to be hastened through Parliament with the general elections being just months...

Written by Express News Service | Published: January 13, 2009 11:56:46 pm

The passage of Right to Education (RTE) Bill is likely to be hastened through Parliament with the general elections being just months away. A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry in a meeting on Monday said the legislation should be fast-tracked and implemented at the earliest.

It is also learnt that the Parliamentary Standing Committee is scheduling frequent meetings now to clear all legislations on its table.

The legislation was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in December 2008 but is still to get approval from the Lok Sabha. The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee after it was introduced in the Rajya Sabha.

Sources say that the Bill to ensure free and compulsory education for all children aged 6 to 14 will either be passed in the brief parliamentary session for vote on account expected to be held next month or it would be routed through an ordinance.

The HRD Ministry recently got Cabinet approval for routing the Central Universities Bill,2008 through an ordinance to enable its implementation in the next academic session.

The HRD Ministry was apprehensive that the Bill may get stuck in case of a short parliamentary session and had introduced it first in the Rajya Sabha to ensure that the legislation stays afloat even if the government changed and the Lok Sabha was dissolved.

In the works since 2002 when the 86th Constitutional amendment was effected,the RTE Bill will come with a decentralised district level grievance redressal system,a spectrum of National Advisory Council of experts to help implement the legislation’s provisions and a clearly spelt-out role of the Finance Commission.

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