Thursday, February 23, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Notice to govt over SC/ST students’ fee

Notice to govt over SC/ST students' fee
Rosy Sequeira, TNN | Feb 24, 2012, 02.39AM IST

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday issued showcause notices for
contempt of court to the principal secretary of the social justice
department and school education department for not complying with its
order to reimburse fees of SC/ST and backward-class students.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Ranjit More
was hearing a PIL saying after the state stopped reimbursing fees in
2007, students had been harassed by schools.

On April 28, 2011, the HC ordered the reimbursement of fees to various
schools. On behalf of the schools, it was submitted that
non-reimbursement of fees was making it difficult for them. When the
assistant government pleader was asked about the reason behind the
non-reimbursement, the judges were told that the state had issued a GR
directing a monthly support of Rs 100-150 to below-poverty-line
students who study English-medium schools. The advocates for
petitioners and schools pointed out that the order did not cover the
fees for them. Concurring with them, the judges directed the issue of
showcause notices.


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