Baninder Rahi : Chandigarh, Sat Mar 30 2013, 04:04 hrsBills of over Rs 84.17 lakh pending; Mamik says were 'assured many times before too' Finally, putting an end to the three-year stalemate over reimbursement of dues to private schools, the UT Education Department has decided to reimburse bills of over Rs 84.17 lakh submitted by private schools. These bills relate to expenditure incurred on the EWS students from 2010 till September last.
"A high-powered three-member committee was constituted to look into the reimbursement issue. The committee has submitted its report and we have decided to reimburse the amount by next week. Our mandate is to implement the RTE Act at any cost," Director Public Instructions (Schools) Upkar Singh told Chandigarh Newsline.
However, Secretary, Independent Schools Association (ISA), R D Singh said the amount would increase as bills of six months after September 2012 were also to be given.
Asked what led to delay in the reimbursement process, ISA president H S Mamik said, "As per the Act, the government has to give us the money spent on the EWS students, but UT education department was promising us recurring cost. Later, they said that they will give us 10 per cent amount, but nothing in writing was given to us. I doubt their promises as the authorities assured us many times before too."
The schools which had submitted the bills included Ajit Karam Singh International Public School, Sector 41; St Soldier International School, Sector 28; St Joseph Senior Secondary School, Sector 44; Ashiana New Public School, Sector 46; Stepping Stone School, Sector 38; Paragon Convent School, Sector 24; Saupin's School, St Kabir Public School, Sector 26; Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, and Tender Heart School, Sector 33.
On March 22, private unaided schools had said they had no vacancies for EWS students. They would not be admitting any of the students unless the authorities clarified issues related to the RTE Act, and the reimbursement issue was one among them.