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CS warns of strict action against principals for denying admission in govt schools

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 26 Feb: Chief Secretary Radha Raturi has issued instructions that strictest action will be taken against the principals or teachers who refuse admission to any child in a government school in the state for any reason. She issued strict instructions that no government school in the state can reject any needy child due to lack of documents.

Raturi has instructed Additional Secretary, Education, Ranjana Rajguru to issue orders in this regard to all government schools with immediate effect. These instructions were issued by Raturi while chairing the first review meeting of the State Level Evaluation Monitoring Committee of the Women and Child Development Department at the Secretariat, here, today.

Raturi directed the department to immediately start work on a pilot project to eliminate beggary in the state and to take steps towards the rehabilitation of beggars. She stated that some cases had come to her notice where orphans, the poor, beggars, the needy and children of migrant labourers were denied admission by schools due to lack of necessary documents like Aadhaar, ration cards. Taking the issue with utmost sensitivity, the Chief Secretary appointed Additional Secretary, Education, Ranjana Rajguru as the nodal officer in this regard. The Chief Secretary has directed that all children approaching the government schools for admission will have to be admitted without any discrimination.

During the meeting, CS Raturi also instructed all the related departments to provide accurate data to completely stop the cases of child beggary, child marriage and child labour in the state and to establish a State Resource Centre in this regard soon. Secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary Radhika Jha, Secretary HC Semwal, Additional Secretary Ranjana Rajguru and other officers concerned were present at the meeting.