The Delhi High Court on Tuesday rapped the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for not maintaining proper record of private schools on its land and also issued a notice of contempt notice to the DDA Director (Institutional Land), an Indian Express report said.
It was hearing an appeal filed by Khagesh Jha, counsel for NGO Justice for All against non-implementation of the High court’s previous order dated November 24, 2016. As per the order, DDA had to make sure that private schools on its land implement the rule of 25 percent reservation of seats for Economically Weaker Sections.
On Tuesday, after the DDA counsel submitted a list of private schools on DDA land, the bench comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice N Chawla said the list only showed names of plots. “What is the address of the plot. It has been developed by you. Don’t you know it?” the bench said as per the paper.
On this, the counsel replied saying that there were about 272 schools allotted land over two decades ago. However, he added that DDA would coordinate with societies, apart from getting the lease deeds from officials concerned. “We don’t want any excuses… This is what you have been telling us… Once you make an allotment, don’t you maintain a file? You cannot give a list and wash your hands off… Whom are you helping?… Let the gentleman (DDA director) come…” the bench was quoted as saying further while issuing the notice.
The DDA, during proceedings, submitted an additional list of schools to which the bench said it also did not carry required information. “There is no name of school. Nothing. What is the mechanism and monitoring?… Prime land has been given on concessional basis,” the Indian Express quoted the bench as saying.
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In the meantime, after being summoned by the Delhi High Court, Director of Education Saumya Gupta pointed out on the successful implementation of a centralised computer system at entry-level in schools.
She said that around 1,13,000 applications were received for nearly 30,000 seats in this year,after which more than 20,000 students have admitted already.