Execute education scheme in state homes for special kids: Bombay HC

MUMBAI:  A division bench of Justices A.S. Oka and M.S. Sonak of Bombay high court has directed Devendra Fadnavis government to ensure that the key education scheme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ is implemented in state-run homes for children with mental deficiency.

The court had in the past appointed a committee headed by Dr Asha Bajpai, an activist, to look into the issue and submit periodical reports. `Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ is a flagship government programme for achieving universalisation of elementary education.

The court last week took note of an affidavit filed by the commissioner of persons with disabilities which said the government’s scheme and the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) would also apply to such homes.

The Bombay High court was hearing a suo motu public interest litigation following media reports on the poor condition of orphanage and homes for children with mental deficiency in Mumbai.

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