RTE seats must be available for beneficiaries till Nov 15

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RTE seats must be available for beneficiaries till Nov 15
TNN | Sep 11, 2020, 04:37 IST

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government must publicise availability of 25% free seats in schools under the Right To Education (RTE) Act, and should fill them only with beneficiaries under the Act, the Madras high court has ruled, adding that the seats should be kept unfilled till November 15. Such publication must also include the committee to whom complaints can be made, it said.
Not satisfied with the publication of admission schedule in vernacular newspapers having limited circulation, a division bench of Justice M M Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha said: “We do not find any particulars regarding the publication made in any leading vernacular newspapers indicating the schedule for the admission process.”
The judges issued the directions on a PIL filed by Popular Front of India (PFI) seeking direction to the state government to release the timetable and procedure for admission under the RTE Act for the academic year 2020-2021.

The judges further said, “We are inclined to direct the authorities to undertake such a process once again by making due publication in any one of the vernacular newspapers having wide circulation within a week.” The judges added that such publication shall also indicate the functioning of the committee to whom complaints, if any, can be made.
“Unfilled seats, if any, even after the expiry of the time limit, should be kept open till November 15. Till such time, subject to the compliance of the other requirements, the seats meant for 25% reservation under RTE quota will have to be filled up only under that category,” the court concluded.
Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Abdul Basith submitted that though the timetable had been published, there was nothing to substantiate the due publication and setting up of the monitoring committee. M Elumalai, additional government pleader, submitted that due compliance had been made and that there existed a monitoring committee apart from publication in a local daily.

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