Sibal rejects call for RTE monitoring body

April 1st, 2011 - 10:22 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Friday rejected the proposal by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) for a grievance redressal mechanism for the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

The NCPCR, which monitors the implementation of the RTE Act, has been calling for such a mechanism to tackle the large variety of complaints coming in from all over the country.

“The range of complaints related to right to education is varied and the same agency cannot address all of them and at different levels,” Shantha Sinha, NCPCR chairperson, said at an event Thursday.

A set of grievance redressal rules that looks into registering the complaint, investigating it and also looks at the appeal process is required,” she said.

Supporting this, Kiran Bhatty of the RTE division of the NCPCR, said: “One of the main challenges we face is the lack of a well-defined grievance redressal system. Hence, along with a committee on corporal punishment, such a system is our main policy recommendation”.

Sibal, however, said that he does not agree with the proposal.

“Such a redressal system is not required. The states can take care of the complaints coming from their areas,” he said while releasing a report on the RTE Act on its first anniversary Friday.

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