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Court orders playschools to set aside 25% seats for poor

playschoolNEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Monday said that playschools in the national capital, which were allotted land at concessional rates, will have to reserve 25% seats for students from the weaker sections of the society.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S Endlaw also made it very clear that if any playschool is found flouting these rules then the DDA will have to initiate process of cancellation of their lease.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NGO, Justice for All, by advocate Khagesh Jha, seeking directions for admission of 25% of EWS category students in aided and unaided schools granted land on concessional rates.

The court pulled up the government and the DDA for not coming up with any mechanism to ensure compliance of the condition on the premise whereof land was allotted much below the market rate to these schools.

The directorate of education of the Delhi government had excused itself from the responsibility of ensuring compliance of conditions by such schools.

The issue of compliance was between the DDA as the agency had allotted the land and the schools, if the allottee of the land is in breach of any of the terms and conditions of the allotment, it is for the DDA to take action, the high court said.

The DDA had informed the court that the government is the agency to check and monitor the activities of the educational institutions, and when the government informed it about any violation of norms of admission of students belonging to weaker sections, action for cancellation of allotment and determination of perpetual lease is taken.

It said, however, that no complaints had been received from the government.

“The aforesaid demonstrates a very unfortunate and sorry state of affairs,” the court said on the conduct of the Delhi government and the DDA for not devising any mechanism to ensure compliance of the condition for land given at concessional rates.

It also added: “The persons affected by such an attitude of the respondents (the Delhi government and the DDA ) are most in need of education and for providing which the scheme (allotment of land at concessional rates to schools in condition to give 25 percent admission to EWS category students) was devised.”

“It is also not as if the respondents have taken any steps, year after year at the time of admission to schools, to advertise the said scheme so as to make the citizens belonging to the weaker sections of the society aware thereof, to be able to approach the schools,” the bench said. – From The Asian Age

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