Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Tuesday said the central government would formulate a policy to safeguard the future of 10 lakh students studying in about 1700 public schools running on private land in the Capital.
He assured a delegation of the Delhi Congress that Urban Development Ministry is making concerted efforts to regularise these schools in the proposed Master Plan-2021.
Addressing a delegation of parents and management of public schools being run on private lands in the Capital led by MP Sajjan Kumar and DPCC President Ram Babu Sharma, Reddy said the government was aware of the needs and a policy was being framed accordingly.
The assurances were made even as the Supreme Court has taken a serious view to the running of public schools in the residential areas of the city. The apex court has allowed them to function till the current session only.
"Under these circumstances, an atmosphere of uncertainty is prevailing as to the future of the students, the schools and the parents hang in balance," said DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma.
In the memorandum given to Reddy, Sajjan Kumar and Sharma stated that the public schools being run in the Capital were duly accorded recognition by the Education Department of Delhi government. "These public schools were not established by encroaching on the government land," the memorandum said.
Referring to the policy of government of India on universal education, both Sharma and Kumar said depriving 10 lakh of students in the city a basic right like education is "improper and blatant violation of the policy of universal education".
General Secretary of Public Schools Mahasangh, Rakesh Sharma said, "apart from the students, the future and livelihood of more than 1 lakh teachers as well as other employees is also involved.