Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh cabinet on Saturday approved the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education, Act, 2011, which will make it mandatory for private institutions to reserve 25 percent seats for weaker and backward sections.
Besides free education, the Act, which will cover every child in the age group of 6 to 14 years , also provides banning rustication and torture.
Every child would be eligible to take the benefit of education while all mandatory infrastructural deficiencies would be removed in next three years.
Adequate number of teachers would be made available to students and the prescribed norms would be applicable to the private educational institutions as well.
All under-qualified teachers would be required to meet the minimum eligibility conditions in next five years and Central and State Level Advisory Committees would be constituted to monitor the implementation of the Act.
The cabinet also approved amendment to recruitment policy for the police constables to rationalise the procedure and make it more transparent and provide opportunity to maximum number of youth to participate in the recruitment process.
The amendments also provide for relaxation to youth from Gorkha Community who would henceforth be eligible to compete for such posts with relaxed mandatory physical standard norms on the analogy of the recruitment to Armed Forces.
The cabinet also gave nod to HP State Litigation Policy, outlining broad guidelines on litigation strategies to be followed by the state government or its agencies with a view to reducing litigation, saving avoidable costs on unproductive litigation, reducing litigation load on judiciary with respect to government-induced litigation and ensuring dispensation of timely justice to the aggrieved parties.