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Though less than a month is left for the new academic session to start, the school education department is yet to draft a formula for Class I admissions regarding 25% reservation for economically weaker and underprivileged students, as per the RTE Act. School education minister Rajendra Darda told TOI there are several problems. We will have to define income for economically weaker sections. Also, we need to factor in the share of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other categories. For this, we have studied the formulae adopted by other states. A senior official from the education department said it had secured information from Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Manipur.
New Delhi has informed that a student whose parents’ income is less than 1 lakh a year will be considered as belonging to an economically weaker section (EWS) of society. Madhya Pradesh and Manipur have fixed this limit at 40,000, and Mizoram at 30,000. The RTE Act defines an EWS child as one belonging to such parents or guardians whose annual income is lower than the minimum limit specified by the appropriate government by notification. The official said it was difficult to fix percentages for each category deserving of reservation. We are bound by law to provide reservation, but in a class of 32, we have to provide reservation for eight students (25% of 32) belonging to SCs, STs and other communities (disadvantaged groups). We feel we will have to reserve one seat for each community mentioned in the disadvantaged group. He said that while in Maharashtra there was a delay in drafting new rules, particularly on EWS and disadvantaged groups, a number of states had completed the exercise last year. We were waiting for the outcome of a bunch of petitions before the Supreme Court on the matter. He said the apex court has upheld the constitutional validity of the RTE Act, but the state government has the problem of defining shares of eligible categories in the 25% quota.
Courtesy: Times of India
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