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Delhi Government to provide special assistance to Children with Learning Disabilities through “Project Smile”

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New Delhi, Dec 18, 2016: After the “Every Child can Read” campaign, the Delhi government on Sunday announced it has decided to provide special assistance to children with learning disabilities through “Project Smile”.

“The government has identified 35,000 such children who will be tested for learning disabilities and thereafter would be provided appropriate learning support,” said a government statement.

The Delhi government had launched “Every Child can Read” campaign on Teachers’ Day (September 5) this year which lasted till Children’s Day (November 14).

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According to the results of the campaign made public on Friday, around 5 per cent children could not go beyond identifying alphabets.

“These children will have to take screening tests by Special Education Teachers and Counsellors to identify if any of them have learning disabilities,” the statement said.

“Based on the results of the screening tests, the Special Education Teachers and Counsellors will be allotted groups of children for specialised support based on their specific learning disability,” it added.

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Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said with special attention, these children will achieve success in school and in life.

“When we launched ‘Every Child Can Read campaign’, the government was serious about reaching every child in our schools. Project Smile will ensure that no child will be left behind as a result of their learning disability,” he said.

According to the government, additional one lakh students learned to read “advance stories” (having an excerpt of about 100 words from the text book of Class 6) during the reading campaign. (IANS)

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)