Thursday, July 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] No freeships to SC/ST students despite Bombay high court order

No freeships to SC/ST students despite Bombay high court order
Published: Thursday, Jul 21, 2011, 3:42 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The government has withdrawn concessions and freeships offered to
students belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes,
making it difficult for them continue their education. Demands are
nowbeing made that the government continue providing aid to such

Even though a Bombay high court and supreme court order stated that
the government should continue giving freeships to students who come
from an SC/ST background, schools allege the government is yet to give
them proper funds. In fact, a Dharavi school, Shree Ganesh Vidya
Mandir, is on the verge of closing down its primary section since it
cannot keep up with expenses without government aid.

A committee appointed by the government had recommended that the
government pay Rs100 to Rs350 onwards of a child's fees from Std 1 to
10 and the rest can be paid by the parents. However, school
authorities say that Rs100 is too small an amount. "If the fees are
Rs500, then the government must still pay Rs400. The parents work as
construction labourers or auto drivers, and cannot afford such fees,"
added Yadav.


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