National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on 10th July 2014 resumed its agitation and demanded for the implementation of Right to Education Act in J&K. NSUI started a two day signature campaign at Kishtwar and later submitted all the signatures to District Development Commissioner in Kishtwar. Hundreds of students from GDC Kishtwar and other institutions participated in signature campaign. The entire exercise was organized and supervised by Prakash Singh Dadwal, District President NSUI Unit Kishtwar with active co-operation of vice president G D C Unit Kishtwar Imtiyaz Tapal. The event programmed was a goodwill part of organization under the directions of Ajay Kumar, National Delegate of NSUI and Incharge Kishtwar District.
While speaking to the students and media, Prakash Singh Dadwal said that the right of children between the age from 6 to 14 yrs to free and compulsory education is the most precious gift given by the central government to the country. RTE act came into effect in whole of India expect Jammu & Kashmir. So we request the J&K govt. to implement this act in the state too
He also said that RTE Act requires all the private schools to reserve 25% of seats to children from poor families and also helps in providing Quality education which always been the priority of NSUI. The major part of expenses for education under this act is sponsored by central government but unfortunately it is not implemented in the state yet.
“In India education is the most efficient weapon we have to fight against poverty, corruption, castism , religionism and many other things which are hindrance on the path of development of our country. This is the only source through which we can convert population as the main asset of the country” he added. He reiterated the statement of Ajay Kumar, National Delegate, Incharge Kishtwar that “NSUI demands and expects from the state Government to take necessary action required for the implementation of RTE Act in Jammu and Kashmir at the earliest”.
It it worthwhile to mention here that NSUI started its state wide agitation for implementation of RTE in the state in 2011 but the agitation was suspended due to repeated assurances by the authorities. Now it seems from the behavior of the government that it is not in a mood to implement the said act. NSUI will not stay calm in this matter till their long pending demand is not fulfilled.
Others who were present on the occasion included Mehran Anjum, Bashir Lone, Jhangeer Hussain, Towheed ahmed, Aslam, Tariq, waseem, sharwan, amit rana, idrees, Rayees, Shameem, naseer, saifdin , Amir, karan shan ,Mohd imran Pardeep kumar and other members take active part in campaign.