GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � The Sangrami Krishak Sramik Sangha, Assam on Wednesday alleged widespread violation of the provisions under the Right to Education Act in the schools and demanded intervention of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to stop the rampant anomalies.
Addressing media persons here, the functionaries of the Sangha pointed out that although the Act makes education free and compulsory for all children from six to 14 years of age, many schools in violation of the provision of the Act were illegally collecting fee from the students.
�We demand of the government of Assam to take action against those schools that were collecting fee from the students flouting the Act,� said Dinesh Das, president of the Sangha.
Das informed that the Sangha undertook a survey in Udalguri, Darrang and Kamrup (both rural and metro) and startling revelations came up. He said that during the survey the Sangha members discovered that many schools were collecting fee between Rs 20 to Rs 70 and Rs 165 to Rs 695. �Some school authorities issued the receipt while some very cleverly did not,� said Das.
It needs to be mentioned here that the Sangha has submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister of Assam, Prime Minister and the President insisting necessary action to ensure that the provisions of the Act are implemented in true spirit. �But regrettably the Government of Assam has been turning a blind eye towards the situation,� said Das.
Serving a seven-day ultimatum to the Government of Assam, the Sangha warned that if no action is taken by the government within this time, it would be compelled to launch a vigorous movement across the State.