A PIL seeking the Delhi Government to include orphan children in the Economically Weaker Section category for the purpose of getting admissions in schools was disposed of by the Hon’ble High Court.
Mr Harpal Singh Rana filed a PIL before the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to be issued to the Delhi government to include orphan children in the economically weaker section (EWS) category for the purpose of getting admission in schools. The division bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan observed that “it expects the Delhi government to continue providing admission to orphan children in government and private schools as it has done so far.”
The PIL was filed to provide financial assistance to those persons who look after such orphan children.
The Delhi Government submitted a report stating that apart from providing admission in schools, the orphans have also been provided with employment in various sectors, including hospitality, teaching & in non-governmental organizations. The concerns of the orphan children have already been addressed by schemes such as the Child Protection Services Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Scheme.
Taking these submissions into consideration, the Court noted that there is no need to further monitor this petition owing to the fact that 225 orphan children have already been given admission in both the private and the Government schools. It is expected from the respondents that they shall continue to arrange for admissions of the orphan children in private as well as in Government schools and also for their employment, as they have already done so far.