Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday asserted that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is flexible and is not imposed on states by the Centre. States can adopt the policy according to their requirements, she said at the launch event for ‘Desia’ and ‘Kuwi’ (tribal languages) primer books in Bhubaneswar, along with Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. “NEP is a flexible policy. It is not something that the Centre decides and imposes on all the states. It is a broad framework and the states can adopt it according to their requirements,” Sitharaman said. She said the NEP is a result of different people putting their minds together after extensive consultation. Sitharaman also said that “when one learns, speaks and thinks in one’s mother tongue, there’s clarity of thought. That is why learning in the mother tongue is important. The central government is making all-out efforts for the education of tribal children”.