Wednesday, September 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Freeship: SC/ST parents in Maharashtra to protest

Freeship: SC/ST parents in Maharashtra to protest

Published: Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011, 8:00 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Now, students belonging to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes
category and their parents are demanding renewal of the freeship
scheme. At a public meeting held at the Government Law College in
Churchgate several parents and social workers have decided to launch a
statewide protest on September 30.

The parents demand that the government should not cancel the freeship
extended to the students. They say that coming from underprivileged
backgrounds, they cannot afford the fees.

"We have children of vegetable vendors, autorickshaw drivers,
blue-collar workers studying in schools. They cannot afford the fees
charged,'' said Milind Wagh, one of the speakers at the meeting.

In August 2010, Chembur resident Naresh Gosavi filed a petition in the
Bombay high court after his son and two nephews were forced to leave
on account of non-payment of the school's dues under a freeship
programme. The school had moved the court raising the issue of pending

An interim order by the high court directed the government to
reimburse a certain amount. However, the government moved the Supreme
Court against the HC interim order.


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