"Before the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was launched in 2001, the state government had requested the MHRD to provide central assistance for these two activities taken up by state to develop education sector. I want to know if the state government has made any efforts in the last two years to see that the Centre accepts these demands," asked Patel.
In his written response, Chudasama told her that the state government had written a letter in September last year.
However, he admitted that the Centre has not give any response yet.
Taking a jibe at the Gujarat government, Patel alleged that the state has now shortened the list of demands after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014.
"Ahead of Lok Sabha Polls, the BJP government here used to run advertisements claiming that UPA government has slapped Gujarat by not accepting their long list of demands.
Responding to Patel, MoS for Primary Education Nanubhai Vanani said the Cetnre has accepted many of their demands, such as bearing the fees of all those children, who took admission in private schools in Gujarat under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
"The Centre has recently approved our demand to bear fees under the RTE Act. Although Gujarat ranks 10th in terms of population, we receive SSA grant meant for a 9th ranked state, which is much higher. Thus, there is no question of injustice by the Centre," the minister claimed.
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