Chandigarh:As March 15 will be the last day for the issuance of the income certificates for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) families, still any parents are confused as the form where they can submit their application for getting the EWS certificate.Recently, the Chandigarh administration announced that the residents could now dully submit their filled application form for obtaining ‘Income Certificate’ at any of the Sampark Centres in Chandigarh from March 2, but surprisingly, many parents claimed that they are unaware about this facility.
Confirming the same, Ravinder Kaur, a resident of Milk Colony, Dhanas, said, “ I m not aware that we can submit the application in the E-sampark
centers. A few days back we went to few private schools in our neighbourhood for submitting the applications for admission under EWS category, the schools did not accept our applications for want of EWS certificate issued by the concerned Tehsildar/SDM.“When we went to the Estate Office, we were informed that the SDM office has discontinued issuing any income certificates. I even write to the Education Secretary over the same, but haven’t received any reply yet,” added Kaur
“The administration has been taking the EWS students very lightly. There has already been a huge delay in starting issuance of certificates, and now they have made the procedure even more complicated. If this procedure is to be followed, I doubt if any applicant would be available to procure an EWS certificate by 15 March, which is the extended last date for submitting applications in schools,” shared Nitin Goyal, president Chandigarh Parents Association.
“The next academic session is just overhead. The education department should direct all schools to accept applications from parents with a copy of acknowledgement receipt of the application for EWS certificates. Otherwise, the private schools will get an excuse to convert the EWS seats into paid seats, for want of applications,” added Goyal.
Notably, a few days back over the issue of delay in issuance of income certificates for EWS families, the education department on Tuesday has again extended the admission date till March 15.
The date was extended with the aim of giving more time to the parents to get the issuance of income certificate from the concerned authorities, which is required for the completion of the admission process.
Previously the DC’s office had refused to issue the certificates and had asked the families for self-declaration of information. With this, all the private school authorities too had refused to accept the self-declaration documents like passport, driving license etc raising concerns of its authenticity and claimed that these documents could be made at fake addresses, so utility bills are more authentic.While, soon after the education department announced the Common Admission Schedule (CAS), the city private school had received around 1,772 applications for 669 seats reserved under the Right To Education (RTE) Act.
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