Seven years after Parliament approved an amendment to the Constitution making education for children between the age of six and 14 a fundamental right, the apex legislative body will take up the enabling Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009. The Bill has been slated for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha for Monday.
The legislation has been cleared by the parliamentary standing committee. The Cabinet gave its approval to introduce the Bill on July 2. Though an initial draft of the legislation had been prepared by the NDA government, progress was slow with early elections. With the BJP-led alliance voted out, the task of honouring the commitment was left to the UPA government. A draft law was prepared by a committee headed by the current human resource development minister Kapil Sibal.
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