Monday, October 24, 2011


Delhi Govt insensitive towards education of Mentally Retarded Children - Delhi Govt, Department of Social Welfare run Asha Kiran Home which shelter approximately 800 mentally retarded destitute persons. Nearly half of these are children below age of 18 years. A year's back, I had raised issue in a meeting chaired by Mr. Rakesh Mohan, Delhi Education Secretary in regard to providing education to the children of the Asha Kiran Home in mainstream school in terms of their right to education. It was agreed that a team from Edu Deptt would visit the Home and identify the children for the purpose of education in Govt School adjacent to the Home. About 7-8 months back, a team headed by Mr.R.P.Yadav, DDE visited the Home. I also accompanied them. After discussion with the Home's Incharge, it was estimated that nearly 200 children could be imparted education in the Govt School. Later on, the experts in the field from Edu Department interacted with the children to get the accurate picture.

Today I have come to know that though the Education Department has so far identified over 36 children who could be admitted immediately and taught in the school but the Department of Social Welfare has refused to send these children to the next door mainstream govt school on a totally rubbish ground that they cannot take risk. There are other 150 or so children who could also be prepared in due course to join mainstream school. However, the Social Welfare Deptt which has no education facilities with them have actually made the mockery of right to education of these lesser god children by refusing to send them to next door mainstream govt school.

In these circumstances, the Social Jurist would take up the matter very soon with the Hon'ble Delhi High Court.

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