Rambhau Ambulkar, a 75-year-old grandfather is demanding scholarship and award for his granddaughter Rajvi under the 'Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Merit Awards' scheme. He has moved to the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court for the same.
The scheme is for the students belonging to the scheduled caste who have secured 75 percent and above in the S.S.C. examination. Under this scheme, students who scored 75 percent and above will get an award ranging from Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 2.50 lakh.
Rajvi scored 495/500 marks (99 percent) in her 2016 S.S.C. examination.
In his petition, he quoted a government notification of June 11, 2003:
‘A candidate from the SC category would be awarded Rs 2.50 lakh along with a memento and certificate of appreciation under the 'Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Merit Awards scheme, if he or she scores 75 percent and above '.
The High Court bench under the guidance of justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Swapna Joshi issued notices to the concerned authorities. They were told to revert back by January 23.
According to TOI, the officials who got the notice includes principal secretary of social justice, sports and special assistance department in Mumbai, commissioner for social welfare in Pune, assistant commissioner for social welfare, and secretary of the State Board secretary in Nagpur.
It is also reported that the respondents are making unnecessarily delays. Ambulkar's lawyer Arun Patil claims that Rajvi should get the award with 12% interest and Rs 50,000 towards litigation expenses.
The notice has been forwarded by the Assistant government pleader AG Damle for further respondents.
Information Source: TOI
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