Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Civic school students denied their rights, group finds with 2 yrs of RTI efforts

Curiousity to know where the huge BMC spending on its schools goes prompted a group of eight Mumbaikars to probe deeper. Two years and 17 Right to Information applications later, the group says it has found that most schemes, facilities and amenities a child is entitled to as a municipal school student, is confined to paper. Every year, approximately Rs 40,000 per student is earmarked by the BMC. The group on Monday made a presentation to the authorities in the BMC's education department to show the lacunae they had found.

The idea of Mumbaiites for Child Rights (M4CR) took off three years back when Nitin Wadhwani, a founding member, read about the ever increasing education budget of BMC that runs 1,177 schools with over 4.5 lakh students. "In four years, the education budget jumped Rs 800 crore. We decided to form a group and find out how this huge sum is utilized, what are the provisions covered by the BMC under public education," said Wadhwani, a businessman.

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