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‘Ensure 25% reservation for EWS kids in play schools’

‘Ensure 25% reservation for EWS kids in play schools’
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a PIL seeking directions to the city government to ensure 25 per cent reservation for poor children is implemented by play schools running on land allotted at concessional rates.

A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw also directed the Directorate of Education (DoE) to submit about the reimbursements which is to be provided under the Right to Education Act to such institutions, for providing 25 per cent reservation to kids of economically weaker sections (EWS).

The court was hearing the plea filed by NGO Social Jurist which had sought implementation of Right to Education Act in play schools and nurseries, saying they are allotted land at concessional rates.
While reserving its order, the court observed that there should be some regulation to ensure EWS category is implemented, ‘especially in view of the largesse given to them (schools). Else cancel the land allotted to them,’ the bench added.

It also queried whether any punitive action has been taken against any such school which has failed to admit students under the EWS category. In response, the Delhi government said that it has not received any complaints. The DDA said that if DoE verifies that an institution has not implemented the provisions of RTE, it can cancel their allotment.
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