The Government of Jammu & Kashmir has decided to provide free education to children between the age group of four and 14 in the state, and hence planning to bring an ordinance for Right to Education, said the Deputy Chief Minister of the State Tara Chand.
A proposal for the ordinance to provide free education to all children in the state would be presented shortly before the Cabinet, said the Deputy CM while presiding a high level review meeting of the education department.
"The state law has gone beyond the central provisions and Right to Education would be available to every child in the state between age of four to fourteen years for free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education with special provisions for children from weaker sections of the society," added the deputy CM.
He further said that detailed discussions have already been done after the draft ordinance was uploaded on public portal, and to frame the Bill, the education department has asked for suggestions to all the quarters.
The Secretary of School Education Department has been directed to finalize the draft ordinance as soon as possible, so that the matter would be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting for final nod and early issuance.