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Centre yet to foot Karnataka's Rs 22cr RTE bill

Centre yet to foot Karnataka's Rs 22cr RTE bill

Sruthy Susan Ullas, TNN Oct 16, 2013, 06.54AM IST

BANGALORE: When the Right to Education Act was to be implemented in the country, the biggest concern for the states was getting funds from the Centre. Over a year on, that worry remains. For the Centre owes Karnataka Rs 22 crore for the first year alone. Last year, the state government footed the bill from of its own pocket; this year, if the Centre doesn't loosen its purse strings, chances are it may not be able to reimburse schools. This, in turn, may compel schools to shut their doors to underprivileged children, defeating the purpose of the Act.
Under RTE, private schools have to set aside 25% seats for the underprivileged. The law says the government will reimburse the expenses. The amount was fixed at a maximum of Rs 11,800 per child depending on the expenditure incurred by the school. Some 44,375 children were admitted under the RTE quota in 10,910 schools across the state last year.

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