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HC asks the Delhi to constitute committees on free seats in schools

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New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today gave a week's time to the Delhi government to constitute two separate committees for implementing the rule of 25 per cent free seats for poor children in the capital's private public schools. A division bench of Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Rekha Sharma also granted six weeks time to the two committees to submit their recommendations before the court. The bench passed the orders following submissions by the Delhi government counsel Avnish Ahlawat that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had agreed to set up two committees for strictly enforcing the rule as directed by the court.

The committees would go into various issues like financial implications, sensitisation of children, infrastructure and other facilities. While hearing the petition of the Social Jurist, the High Court had directed the government to constitute the committees to enforce the '25 per cent free seats' rule for children of under-privileged sections in the 361 private schools which have availed government land at throwaway prices. The court had given directions in response to a PIL filed by an Advocate Ashok Aggarwal, alleging that the schools, despite availing DDA and L&D land at concessional rates, had refused to provide the promised free seats for poor children, though it was a pre-condition for availing the benefit.

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