The Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde in an announcement said that the Right to Education Act is effective only above the first standard and there is no provision of law under which the state government could regulate the pre-primary admission process in the state.
Recently, the Maharashtra government has received a report of the committee which was formed by the previous government to undergo the issue of exorbitant fees collected in some of the nursery and pre-primary schools in the state. While talking to the reports Tawde said, “Right to Education (RTE) Act deals with education from the first standard. The government is committed to find a solution, but many parents are not aware that the government does not have the powers to regulate the pre-primary admission process.”
While answering a question about the excessive fees that are being charged by the CBSE affiliated and other non-state boards Tawde said that the government would soon seek a report regarding the matter and try to take necessary actions. He made his situation clear as the government couldn’t intervene in the exorbitant fees cases under the fee regulation law.
Over another issue of multiplex owners denying prime-time slots to Marathi films and MNS warning agitation over the same, Tawde said(as he handles the Culture portfolio in the cabinet as well), the home and revenue departments is looking after the matter and mandatory actions would be taken. He said, “The multiplex cinema owners have agreed to the government decision and if the Marathi film producers approach the government, the cultural affairs ministry will help.”
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