Only 17,500 out of a total of 68,951 children from poor and economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups have been provided with free books during this academic year, the Delhi government informed the Delhi High Court in New Delhi yesterday.
According to a report filed by the Directorate of Education, 17,497 students were provided with free books while 16,467 students got free uniforms. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) demanding proper implementation of the Right To Education Act. The law mandates the government to provide free books and uniforms to children from the EWS and disadvantaged categories in private unaided schools.
The report filed by the Delhi government will be taken up for consideration by a division bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul today. The court had earlier slammed the Delhi government for a ‘wishy washy’ report and asked it to file a status report on the number of students in schools in both categories in the 6-14 age group this academic year. The court also sought details regarding the number of students given free books and uniforms.