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The Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education in IndiaFirst of all, let us say optimistically that ‘the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act’ (RTE) is a landmark Act.

Its negative and the frustrated aspects in brief to remain are exemplified as under:


Once a minor labourer girl, Marzeena aged about 14 years, promptly and philosophically counter questioned in reply to my question, have you ever been to school, “was there any food for me in the school”, she said?

Her straight forward and the philosophical counter question on the subject, made me speechless as she answered unquestionably as to why there was no education for poor children in general so far, and similarly, her answer also applies now, as to how and why ‘the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Act’ shall remain on papers only, like many other such countless welfare Acts enacted since long in independent India?”

The parents of poor and the professional beggars shall never prefer to send their children in schools unless their families provided the “Right to Food (Guarantee of Safety and Security) under the Act, that insists on “the physical, economic and social right of all citizens to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with an adequate diet necessary to lead an active and healthy life with dignity…”

The assistance received, allocated or likely to be received as an aid from any other sources including from the developed countries for the purpose, shall be siphoned after showing on record as utilized, for the free and compulsory education to all children of India in the 6 to 14 age group, but without achieving any meaningful and effective results.

In fact, whenever money spent on other similar projects of welfare and for the reforms in the past, admittedly, only 10 to 15 % out of the total assistance received, allocated or received from any other sources including as an aid stated above, reached to the poor and common man and the rest was eaten away as means of corruption without any remedy insight, so far in India.

Is there any likelihood of prevention of corruption in the hands of authorities, leaders, brokers etc instrumental in implementing the schemes in the name of eradicating poverty, the illiteracy and for bringing reforms in infrastructure in India?

The persons from the categories of poor benefited endlessly through the reservation-quota and in the mainstream politics shall never open their mouth and raise the objections for justice for uplifting their men in the system except always exploiting them on one pretext or the other for their own ends.

Will the poverty, the illiteracy be kept intact for the beggary, like the practice prevailing in beggars hiring a child or children cruelly for begging, and that to be used as a source of corruption for the disadvantage of poor, downtrodden and illiterate forever?

 - Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana

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