Tuesday, October 4, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Govt may to link I-T history check to granting SC/ST benefits


Govt may to link I-T history check to granting SC/ST benefits

Published: Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011, 8:00 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Maharashtra government is contemplating checking the income-tax
returns filed by a person from the reserved category before granting
benefits under the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) Act.

There are IAS officers belonging to the SC/ST category who admit their
children to private schools and expect benefits to be extended to
them, government pleader Dhairyasheel Nalavade informed the Bombay
high court on Monday.

"They can't be entitled to freeship. Those paying the tax should not
be given these benefits," pleaded Nalavade.

A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice Roshan Dalvi
was hearing a public interest litigation by Naresh Gosavi and other
parents whose children study in private aided and unaided schools
under the "free studentship".

The petitioners claimed that because the government has failed to
release the grants, the managements were not permitting their children
to attend school.

Earlier, the high court had asked the government to release grants for
free education of students from SC, ST, vimukta jatis, nomadic tribes
and Other Backward Class.

Gayatri Singh informed the court that the government had stopped
disbursement of fees since 2007. "As a result, several students have
dropped out of school," said Singh.

But, Nalavade contended that these parents [petitioners] have sent
their children to private unaided schools which charge high fees, and
the government cannot afford to pay thousands of rupees per month for
each student.

Nalavade informed the court that the government will place the fee
hike proposal before the cabinet on Tuesday.


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