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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 controlled population.

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 planning.


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