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Arunachal first state to submit RTE plan
Published on 13 Jul. 2010 10:54 PM IST
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Arunachal Praedsh has earned the disinction of being the first state in the country to come out with its plan for implementation of Right To Education (RTE) Act, which was submitted to Union Secretary for Education Ansu Vaish by state Education Minister Bosiram Siram at New Delhi.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rajya Mission, under directives from the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), prepared a supplementary plan with a budget of Rs 729.96 crore for 2010-11.
The minister, while submitting the Plan to the secretary yesterday, apprised her of the difficulties faced by the state in implementation of flagship programmes due to geographical and topographical difficulties, besides paucity of fund at the state’s disposal.
However, Siram assured that the state would leave no stone unturned to implement RTE successfully with the Centre’s support and guidance.
As briefed by the Minister, the supplementary plan contains proposals for additional teachers, teaching learning equipment, reading and writing materials, playgrounds, teachers’ quarters, school uniform, library rooms, recurring grant for schools as per RTE requirements, reported UNI.
Official sources informed that the Union Secretary had expressed her happiness at receiving the RTE plan from Arunachal Pradesh and hoped that it would be a model for other states to follow.
She also informed that funding for RTE would start as and when the Union Cabinet approves the cost norms to be proposed by the Finance Ministry, which may take a few months time. Lauding Aruanchal for being the first to submit the plan, the Secretary, however, admitted that the proposal cannot be taken up in isolation as the government would have to wait till the final cost norms are approved and all states submit their plans.
Meanwhile, Vaish expressed her desire to visit Aruanchal Pradesh to get a first hand exposure and knowledge on implementation of educational programmes in the state. She hoped that visiting Aruanchal would enable her to appreciate the state’s problems in a better way.
Siram has gladly accepted her willingness and invited her to visit the state sometime in October to witness functioning of schools in remote border areas, sources added.

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