Maha brings more castes in RTE Act's under-privileged category


The Maharashtra government today incorporated more caste groups and communities in the beneficiary list of students seeking admission in schools under the Right To Education Act.

Until now, the under privileged category included students from SC (scheduled caste), ST (scheduled tribe), and Divyangs classes, which is now updated.

All categories from VJ & NT (Vimukta Jati and Nomadic tribes), OBC (Other Backward Classes), and SBC (Special Backward Class) are inducted into the underprivileged category with a view to ensure that no student is deprived of education, a government resolution (GR) said.

Under the updated list, HIV positive students can also seek admission under the RTE Act, it stated.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), enacted in August 2009, describes the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between 6 and 14 under Article 21a of the Constitution. The Act came into force in April 2010.

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