NEW DELHI, Sept 15, 2009:The Supreme Court has refused to approve the attempts of Uttar Pradesh Government to exclude the poor students belonging to OBC and General Category from the benefits of scholarship.
The previous Mulayam Singh Yadav Government had extended the benefits
of a scheme providing scholarships to the students whose family income is below Rs 1 lakh per year, to the OBC and General Category students.
Ms Mayawati after coming back to power passed two orders dated May 29 and 31, 2008 limiting the benefits only to the students belongng to SC, ST category.
A students organisation called Meritorious Education for Youth Development and Humane Activities (MEYDHA) challenged the decision of the State Government in Allahabad High Court.
The High Court on January 29 allowed the writ petition and set aside
both the orders of the State Government.
A bench comprising Justices R V Raveendran and B Sudershan Reddy yesterday refused to interfere with the High Court judgment and turned down the plea of the State Government to stay its operation.
MEYDHA has contended that the benefits of scholarship schemes for the poor students cannot be denied to a student only because of caste as poverty has no caste or class.
They also pleaded that such an order by the State Government is violative of the fundamental rights to education and equality.
According to the scheme even the students of private unaided educational institutions are also covered under the scheme and with yesterday’s order the apex court has cleared the decks for extending the benefits of the scheme to all the poor students in Uttar Pradesh irrespective of their caste and religion. (UNI)