School bags carried by students in 94 per cent of schools in the state are now considerably lighter, he said.
The government had issued a GR (government resolution) in this regard two years ago, following a direction by the Bombay High Court.
However, the situation in the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) hadn't changed, he said, as these schools do not come under state's jurisdiction.
The state government will seek a meeting with the Union minister in this regard before the end of next month, he said.
Congress' Sanjay Dutt had raised the issue, saying that according to doctors, children can suffer life-long medical problems because of the heavy school bags they carry.
The state government should direct the CBSE and other central board schools to take steps to reduce the weight of school bags as their students too are from the state, he said.
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