Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Nov 19: High Court has granted government four weeks more time to file response to a Public Interest Litigation, seeking issuance of the appropriate guidelines for admission of Children with Special Needs (CWSN) under Right To Education Act.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta granted the time after NH Shah, Sr. AAG, representing the authorities, sought further time to file the reply.
“Let him file the same within four weeks,” the court said adding, “Rest of the respondents who have not filed the reply shall also file the same within the aforesaid period.”
The PIL also seeks directions from the court to ensure the admission, attendance and free education of Children with bench mark disability free from cost and any other barriers preventing them from getting quality education in the Recognized unaided private schools of Jammu and Kashmir.
The PIL has been filed by three persons, two of whom— Zaheer Abbas Jan of Bemina and Mudasir Shaban Dar of Bandipora— have stated that they are two social workers while another— Dr. Chitanjeet Kour of Nanak Nagar Jammu, a physiotherapist doctor by profession.
The petitioners said that Indian Parliament amended part 4 of the Constitution of India and incorporated Article 21 A, a new article in the constitution to incorporate Right to Education of a child between 6 to 14 years as their fundamental right. They said that a duty was imposed on the appropriate government to protect their fundamental right.
In 2009, they said, the Indian parliament enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, a follow up legislation for implementing the provision of Article 21A of the Constitution of India.
The special provision for the EWS/DG/CWSN children, they said, has been incorporated in the Act itself to address the practical difficulty. (GNS)