Right to Education Act: Without poverty elimination and population control implementation difficult
The Right to Education Act enacted by the Parliament of India in 2009, provides for free and compulsory education to all Indian children from the age of 6 years to 14 years. However, it is seen that this Act is not being implemented among poor children.
I daily see so many children between this age group
working as servants or maids. The reason for their not attending
school but attending to their work as servants or maids, is that
their parents are too poor to make both ends meet and hence force
their children to supplement the family income.
So, unless poverty is eliminated from the face of
India, the Right to Education Act would never be implemented.
Therefore, the Government should take rapid steps for the elimination
of the poverty. Merely enacting a law is not going to help. For
removal of poverty, the first step to be taken is the implementation
of the two child norm so that the population could be controlled and
planning to remove poverty could be done for this limited and
At present, we have only 2% of the total area of the
world but we have about 18% of world's population which is quite out
of proportion keeping in view our limited area. For this purpose a
compulsory family planning programme would require to be undertaken
with the help of religious leaders who have a strong hold over the
public opinion. This has been tried in Indonesia which is a Muslim
country and have been quite successful.
Intensive as well as extensive publicity campaign
would also be required to be launched to create awareness among the
masses for two Child norm. Bangladesh too has been successful in
controlling its population. We must learn from that country also as
to how it was successful in implementing its programme of family
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