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The RTE act much touted by Indian mainstream media and that was recently held constitutional by the Supreme court of India is merely proving to be an enabler for the government to practice communal/caste discrimination rather than being a lifeline for the poor.

Couple with Rs 30L pay seek free schooling - The Times of India

Can a couple, earning Rs 30 lakh per annum as salary between them, demand admission and free education for their child in a neighbourhood school under the 'weaker section' category as per the Right To Education (RTE) Act?

No, is the Madras high court's answer.

Justice K Chandru, rejecting the claim of a child's mother, said: "If it is accepted, it will do violence to the object of the RTE Act and the quota meant for the children belonging to the disadvantaged group and weaker sections will be cornered by persons claiming relief under the category of social and economic backward classes without exclusion of creamy layers."

Priyanka Rajkumar, a software company manager, earns Rs 12 lakh per annum, while her husband, who is a chief technology officer, has an annual income of Rs 18 lakh. Noting that they belonged to a backward class community, Priyanka Rajkumar approached the court saying their son should be admitted to the Bharathya Vidya Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram under the RTE Act. As per the Act, every school is mandated to fill up at least 25% of the total intake with candidates from weaker sections in the neighbourhood.

Though the school had received the application for admission under the category, the parents were later informed that the management had filled 54 seats under the free category from among 91 applicants from weaker sections. One of the means adopted to admit students was drawing of lots in the presence of the school managing committee and an MLA.

Assailing the rejection of seat to her son, she preferred the present writ petition, saying admission by random does not mean drawing of lots and that it should not have been done without a notice to her. Also, her child belonged to a socially and economically backward class notwithstanding their income of more than Rs 30 lakh annual income. As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, there is no concept of creamy layer among the communities identified as socially and economically backward, it was submitted, adding: "The fact that they are earning more than Rs 30 lakh cannot be used for denial of admission."

Justice Chandru, rejecting the arguments, pointed out that the term 'weaker section' had been defined as a child whose parents or guardians having an annual income of less than Rs 2 lakh, said: "If that was the intention of the state that the child whose parents' or guardian's annual income is less than Rs 2 lakh, then it is unthinkable for the petitioner, whose family income is more than Rs 30 lakh, to contend that without any ceiling limit, they should be admitted under the category of disadvantaged group."

Approving of the lot system followed by the school, the judge also appreciated it for having adopted a 'transparent procedure' in admitting the children under the 25 per cent quota. "Since the school has done something even beyond the RTE Act, they are to be appreciated for the gesture shown," he said.

The couple actually were only trying to take advantage of TN-style social justice! After all, if their children are eligible for quota in college admissions, in jobs etc, why not free school education also? The mainstream media lied (edit: continues to lie: The Hindu : Opinion / Editorial : Strengthen the melting pot) through its teeth claiming that RTE is a boon to the poor, while, in reality it is nothing but extension of caste-based reservation that already permeates every sphere of governmental activity in India.
திரு சாலைமுத்து அவர்கள் மதுரை மேற்கு மண்டல தலைவராக இருக்கிறார். அ.இ.அ.தி.மு.க வைச் சேர்ந்த இவர் 76 வது வார்டில் அதிமுக வேட்பாளராகப் போட்டியிட்டு வெற்றி பெற்றவர்.

பல கோடிக்கு சொந்தக்காரராக இருக்கும் இவர் இன்றும் தமிழக அரசு ஆதரவற்றோருக்கு வழங்கும் முதியோர் பென்ஷன் வாங்குவதாக எதிர்கட்சிகளால் குற்றம் சாட்டப்பட்டு வருகிறார்.

எந்த அளவுக்கு உண்மை என்று தெரியாது... என்றாலும் குற்றச்சாட்டில் உண்மை இருப்பின் அது எத்தனை அரசை ஏமாற்றும் செயல்....

முதல்வர் இதை விசரிப்பாரா?

இதுபோல் எத்தனை சாலைமுத்துக்கள் தமிழகம் முழுவதும் இருக்கின்றனரோ....
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