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Only minimum 17,500 poor children had provided free education facilies rest none, Delhi high court told
Delhi government survey for provided free books to the poor children and disadvantaged families in this academic year, and the sarvey result is that, this free book facility reached only 17,500 poor children upon 70,000 poor children. The Delhi govt. reported to the Delhi high court on (Tuesday) 26th August 2014.
 
Delhi govt. also said in affidavit that approximately 16,500 children have been provided free uniforms.
 
The high court justice BD Ahmed and justice Siddharth Mridul will on (Wednesday) 27th August 2014, take into consideration the report by the Delhi govt.
 
Recently, the bench slammed the government for filing a "wishy washy" report on the issue and asked it to file a status report on the number of students in the 6-14 age group in this academic year in schools in both categories as well as the number of students given free books and uniforms.
 
The directorate of education filed report and said 1,092 private schools provided details, and they also said 68,951 children from the EWS (economically weaker section) and DG (disadvantaged group) categories were studying in these schools in this academic year.
 
In the report the number of children getting free textbooks is 17,497 and those getting free uniforms are 16,467, and most of the children studying up to Class 8 in government schools were provided free textbooks and a fixed amount for uniforms.
 
Advocate Khagesh Jha, filed public interest litigation (PIL) to the court for hearing demanding proper implementation of the provisions of the Right to Education Act to provide free books and uniforms to children from the EWS and disadvantaged group categories in private unaided schools. 
 
The plea said unaided-recognized schools were bound to give not only admission but also provide books, uniforms and other study materials free of cost to students admitted under the 25 per cent quota of EWS and disadvantaged groups.
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