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Delhi High Court observes Nursery admission case as ‘a race against time’

The school bodies that filed petition pointed out that the notifications carrying neighborhood criteria have been imposed upon 298 schools only, while it has not been made mandatory for the other 1,400 schools

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New Delhi, Feb 7: At the outset of the hearing, Delhi High Court’s Justice Manmohan said, “It is a race against time. We are running on a very tight schedule before which this matter has to be decided.”

While hearing the petitions filed by parents and two school group against Delhi government’s two controversial notification on nursery admissions, the Delhi High Court observed the case as ‘a race against time’. The court’s observation ascertains its connotation as the process for applying for nursery admission in schools here would end on February 14, mentioned PTI.

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The petitions filed in the Delhi High Court challenged the Delhi government’s December 19, 2016, and January 7 notifications that made 298 private schools, built on Delhi Development Authority land, to accept nursery admission forms based only on the neighborhood or distance criteria.

During the hearing, the court asked the counsel appearing for one of the school bodies, “Their (government’s) argument is that do not entertain the challenge regarding the land allotment letter. Can you bifurcate in the sense that if a challenge to the allotment letter is not undertaken by the court then can you challenge the criteria independently of the allotment.”

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Responding to this, the counsel said that the issue can be bifurcated as because of the consequence of these new circulars, a new ground of discrimination between two classes of students has cropped up.

The school bodies that filed petition alleged Delhi government with “discrimination” towards the private school. They pointed out that the notifications carrying neighborhood criteria have been imposed upon 298 schools only, while it has not been made mandatory for the other 1,400 schools.

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“If the issue of children going to schools in around 1,400 schools is not a matter of concern for the government then why it is a concern for students of 298 schools. Why have only 298 schools been subjected to this kind of treatment? It is nothing but arbitrariness and discrimination,” the lawyer said to PTI

He also argued that interest of these 298 schools has to be safeguarded and being the government, it should not discriminate between students. He further clarified that there is no definition of neighborhood criteria in the letter allocating land to the schools.

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Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

AAP brings 70 doorstep services for delhi residents. IANS

People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70. The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out.

Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms told IANS. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp.

In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. In the first phase, people got certificates of marriage, caste, domicile, income, births and deaths among others at their doors.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to offer 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps. IANS

Driving license, new water or sewer connection and disconnection were also provided under the scheme which functions between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. through a ‘Mobile Sahayak’. The government had planned to roll out more services by February but they got delayed.

“Once the second phase is on track, steps to start the third phase will be initiated,” the official said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has plans to have at least 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps, the official said.

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi told IANS: “The plan initially was to take things online but we realised that people find it more easy to call a number and get the services instead of doing things online.” The tenure of the Kejriwal government will end on February 2020. (IANS)