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Government Should Adopt Parliamentary Route While Reversing 'No Detention' Policy: Congress

Edited By: Mirza Arif Beg

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: October 26, 2016, 20:51 IST

File photo of Indian Parliament. (PTI)

File photo of Indian Parliament. (PTI)

Noting that the Congress stands by the "essence" of the Act, he insisted that "any dilution or change" in it should be debated and deliberated in Parliament.

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday said that the government should adopt Parliamentary route while reversing the 'no detention' policy under the Right to Education Act.

"If an attempt is being made to change the character of the Act or to tweak with the Rules, then the appropriate thing would be to take it to Parliament because Parliament had passed that Act", party spokesman Manish Tewari said.

Noting that the Congress stands by the "essence" of the Act, he insisted that "any dilution or change" in it should be debated and deliberated in Parliament.

Reports had it that states may soon overturn the policy of "No Detention" upto class VIII as a top advisory board on education yesterday left the decision on the issue to their discretion while the HRD Ministry will soon take a call on compulsory examination for class X under the CBSE.

These were the decisions taken at a meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) which was chaired by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

To a related question that Aligarh Muslim University was also given the status of Minority University by the Act of Parliament, Tewari regretted that for "political reasons the current Government, because they have a particular orientation, decided to change the affidavit" filed by the UPA.

He said the earlier government had told the Supreme Court that if Parliament, in its wisdom, had come to a certain conclusion and provided a certain status, the Courts should not be interfering with the wisdom of Parliament because principally the "grounds for judicial review are very restrictive".
first published:October 26, 2016, 20:51 IST
last updated:October 26, 2016, 20:51 IST