Published: 07th February 2023
HC seeks stand of Delhi gov't on supplying books, uniforms to EWS category students
The court was informed that in spite of an order directing such supply, the Delhi government was not complying with it
The Delhi High Court on Monday, February 6 asked the city government to state why it has allegedly not complied with its earlier order directing the supply of free books and uniforms to students belonging to the economically backward category.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma was hearing a batch of petitions concerning the supply of these resources to students belonging to weaker sections and disadvantaged groups in schools of Delhi and the implementation of the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and the Delhi Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2011, as stated in a report by PTI.
The court was informed that in spite of an order directing such supply, the Delhi government was not complying with it. The court had (earlier) directed the Delhi government to supply free textbooks, uniforms and writing material to EWS category students.
"Let fresh affidavit be filed as to why earlier order by the court has not been complied with,” said the bench also comprising Justice Subramonium Prasad. The Delhi government counsel said he would file a reply on the matter and stressed that the intent of the law is to provide relief in “kind” to the children.
Students without textbooks
In August 2014, the high coueeeert said it was the duty of the state government and the schools to ensure that free textbooks, uniforms among others, are made available to children belonging to the EWS category. It had then noted that out of the total number of 68,951 EWS category children studying in private schools in the session 2014-15, roughly about 51,000 children were without textbooks and also without uniforms. The high court had observed that such a situation was "wholly unacceptable".