Sibal restores discretionary admission quota of MPs in KVs

Faced with stiff opposition from MPs, the government has restored the discretionary quota of Parliamentarians for recommending two candidates each for admission in Kendriya Vidyalayas, a privilege scrapped two months ago.

Last Updated: May 07, 2010, 23:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Faced with stiff opposition
from MPs, the government has restored the discretionary quota
of Parliamentarians for recommending two candidates each for
admission in Kendriya Vidyalayas, a privilege scrapped two
months ago.

The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghthan (KVS) had scrapped
the discretionary quota of the MPs and HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal on March 15 in view of "misuse of such provisions".
"I held an urgent meeting with Kendriya Vidyalaya
Sangathan yesterday and we have decided to restore the
provision from MPs," Sibal said in Rajya Sabha during Question
Hour amid applause from the entire House.

Sibal said each MP can make two nominations for
admission into the Kendriya Vidyalayas across the country.
However, Sibal`s discretionary quota to recommend 1,200
candidates has not been restored.

The decision to restore the quota for MPs was take
following opposition by MPs from all parties to the decision
of the KVS. About 40 MPs from different parties had met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and demanded increase in
discretionary quota for them.

The MPs expressed their disappointment over the
decision in both Hoses of Parliament.
The government has been maintaining that the schools
were started for children of central government employees, who
are frequently transferred, and some other such categories of
people.

The KVS had taken the decision after in view of
instance of anomaly in use of such quota in admission. The
scheme of providing each MP a quota of two admissions in
Kendriya Vidyalayas was started during the NDA government.

While a Lok Sabha MP can recommend two candidates from
his constituency, a Rajya Sabha MP can recommend two
candidates from anywhere from the state which is represented
by him. There are nearly 10 lakh seats in 981 KVs across the
country.

PTI