Right to Education comes into force

India now joins a select few countries in the world where education is a fundamental right.

 

The historic act, the Right to Education (RTE), comes into force today.

 

It's one of the most important pieces of legislation to be passed by the UPA government.

 

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today said the government is committed to giving all children, irrespective of gender and social categorization, access to education.

 

Addressing the nation on the Right to Education Act that come into force today, Dr. Singh said: "The Government is committed to ensuring that all children irrespective of gender and social category, have access to education and, fund constraints would not be allowed to hamper implementation of the Right to Education Act."

 

"To realise the Right to Education, the Government at the Centre, in the States and Union Territories, and at the district and village level, must work together as part of a common national endeavour. I call upon all the State Governments to join in this national effort with full resolve and determination," he added.

 

"Our government, in partnership with the State governments, will ensure that financial constraints do not hamper the implementation of the Right to Education Act," he said.

 

Emphasizing that education is the key to progress and empowers the individual, Dr. Singh said that it enables them to acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes necessary to become responsible and active citizens of India.

 

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