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Notice to govt on RTE income limit

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BANGALORE: A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered notice to the state government with regard to a PIL challenging income limit fixed with regard to the disadvantaged class and also certain provisions of the Karnataka Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2012.

K Nagesh and two other students from Mysore challenged the May 8, 2012 notification in which the income limit for parents and guardians was fixed at Rs 3.5 lakh per annum for them to be considered under the disadvantaged group.

The petitioners said below poverty line is defined as Rs 30,000 per annum, which translates into Rs 2,500 per month. “The RTE Act is meant for children of such people. By the present notification, the state is depriving the children whose interest was sought to be catered by the Act. This apart, there is no categorization of the 16 % seats reserved for BCs, leaving apart 7.5% for SCs and 1.5% for STs. Thus, the notification entitles a millionaire’s child belonging to backward classes a free seat in schools thereby depriving the needy poor,” the petitioners stated.

The petitioners also challenged rule 8(4) which specifies that reimbursement of expenditure by the government will be made in two installments. They claim it will make it difficult for schools to pay monthly salaries to teachers.

Notice to MCI, DME, Comed-K

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen ordered notices to Medical Council of India, Directorate of Medical Education, RGUHS and Comed-K with regard to a PIL seeking a CBI probe into alleged malpractices in allotment of both under-graduate and post-graduate medical seats. Ambalike Hiriyanna, a retired sociology professor claimed there is a racket with regard to allotment of medical seats and this affecting meritorious students.

KPSC plea on KAS mains rejected

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen rejected the interlocutory application submitted by the Karnataka State Public Service Commission to go ahead with the main examination of Gazetted Probationers and also for proceeding with receiving applications for recruitment for 1750 II division accounts assistants posts. The court is hearing a PIL wherein a basic question has been raised regarding non-identification of posts for visually handicapped persons.

KSPCB report sought

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen directed the pollution control board to submit a status report regarding industrial units still operating in the catchment area of T G Halli reservoir/Arkavati river. The bench recorded an undertaking of Arun Goenka, director of Texport Industries Ltd that he would vacate their plant and machinery at Makali which comes under Zone III (within 1km from the river bank) by July 26,2013.

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