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Many of the parents who come to admit their children in RTE, come in expensive cars. One child who got admitted in RTE category is the son of a owner whose tenant's son is studying in the same school in general category. This poor kid's "poor" dad also has few more buildings given out to rent and also some shops.

RTE - right to education was a law introduced recently allows poor children to study in good schools. The fees and other expenses of the child will be borne by government. Many schools had opposed the move. Now look at the way people are tweaking the law to their benefit. They pay some bribe and get an income certificate with annual income as low as Rs 15000/- per year and get their children admitted in this quota.

Of course, any rule will be misused some times. But in the case of RTE, how many parents of talented but poor children would have heard or read about this right? Who will inform them? If we inform them about RTE and they admit their children in posh schools and these children in turn get good jobs, won't we snatch good jobs from our own children? And what about the workers? If all the poor people get educated and start working in offices, who will clean our houses, who will work in our parents' or in-laws' farms? Who will drive our cars? And who will repair our vehicles?

One more news item which is related is about the concern of farmers and factory owners about the rice scheme of new government. They think that Rs. 1 /kg rice will make the labor problem worse. Already farmers and factories find it difficult to find workers and to retain them. If they get cheap rice, they will become lazy and stop working altogether - is the feeling people have. Can we blame them?

So now we talking and thinking like politicians - it is good to keep people- at least some people, ignorant and poor.

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