Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Monday directed government officials and school authorities to be circumspect about “garib crorepatis” who exploit the Right to Education (RTE) laws. These crorepatis deploy the “garib” ruse to secure admission for their kids in the quota reserved for poor children.
Acting Chief Justice V M Sahai told the schools and petitioner organizations — which have filed PILs demanding the implementation of the RTE laws — to alert authorities whenever they come across a case of rich people grabbing the free school seats.
The judge also discussed newspaper reports from other cities on such “garib crorepatis”.
The court’s warning came after one of the petitioners, Jagega Gujarat Sangharsh Samiti, highlighted the communication from the principal of Maharaja Agrasen Vidyalaya to the district primary education officer, raising doubts about a parent’s economic status. The principal had pointed out that a Naranpura resident, Chirag Jotwani, paid electricity bill of Rs 2,739 in January but earned monthly income of only Rs 5,000, as certified by the deputy mamlatdar.
The annual income limit set for eligibility to avail RTE benefits is Rs 68,000.
The high court has sought a status report on the implementation of RTE laws in private schools. ACJ Sahai has scheduled the next hearing on August 13. He is retiring a day before that date.
As for the education authorities, they have informed the court that they had received 5,693 applications for admissions in Ahmedabad district. After scrutiny, some 4,754 kids were found eligible and of them over 3,000 have been enrolled in schools. And 1,661 students will get admission under the RTE quota soon, the government pleader submitted.
Source: The Times of India