“Though many HIV patients approached us for free education for their kids in private schools, their children were above seven and hence could not be registered. The selected students will have to apply on the RTE website. If the number of applications is higher than the reserved seats, BSA will take a final call on the basis of a lottery system,” added Verma.
Under the RTE Act, all private schools are required to fill 25% of seats with students belonging to economically weaker sections.
The government has been providing free treatment, medicines and travel allowance to HIV patients on their visit to ART centres. A total of 1,940 persons are registered with the ART centre and of these, treatment of 1,385 patients has been initiated. These patients also include 90 children below 14.