BJP walks out of UP assembly over faulty govt orders on RTE Act

Lucknow, Mar 5 - BJP members today staged a noisy walkout from the Uttar Pradesh assembly alleging faulty government orders on the policy of admission in the primary section by the private and unaided schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The BJP members said that the state government has issued a faulty order saying that the students can go only to private and unaided schools after the seats in the government primary schools are full but as per accordance of the Act, the schools even if it is a private or non aided has to admit 25 per cent poor children of their total strength of admission.

Raising the issue through an adjournment notice during Zero Hour, BJP member Radha Mohan Das Agarwal said that due to the faulty orders of the state government, Allahabad High Court had quashed all the orders.

"The RTE act of the Central government do not discriminate between the government and non-government schools but the state government was just interested in covering its own schools which lacks facilities," he said.

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohammad Azam Khan defended the government order saying that it was a natural justice that those schools who were not getting aid should not be burdened with such decision.

Mr. Khan, however, making a political comment, said BJP members are just trying to promote their own schools and Niketans by bringing in such issues. State Education Minister Ram Govind Choudhury intervening into the matter said that government has to pay Rs. 430 for each student admitted in the private or unaided schools but as our own schools have adequate seats, so why we should pay for it. But the BJP members refused to buy the clarification made by the ministers and staged a noisy walkout from the House. The assembly also took the issue of decreasing ground water level.

RLD leader Dalbir Singh too raised the issue of indefinite strike by the diploma engineers in the state leading to disruption of developmental works in the last month of the financial year.

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