Why MP Maheish Girri’s Call For Amendment Of Article 15(5) Of RTE Is Very Important

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6:30 pm 23 Jul, 2017


In a big step into the future of education system in India, BJP’s Mahesh Girri has introduced a private member’s bill in Parliament to amend Article 15(5) of the Constitution.


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Girri introduced the bill on July 23 in the Parliament to amend Clause 5 to Article 14 that reads:

Nothing in this article or in sub-clause (g) of clause (1) of article 19 shall prevent the State from making any special provision, by law, for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes in so far as such special provisions relate to their admission to educational institutions including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the State, other than the minority educational institutions referred to in clause (1) of article 30.


The clause was added to the Constitution by 93rd Amendment in 2005 by the Congress-led government. In simple words, the RTE asks the private schools, aided or unaided, to reserve 25% of their sets for the Economic Weaker Sections of the society. BUT, this rule does not apply to the institutions run by minorities.

Technically this means that only Hindu-run educational institutes will have to reserve seats.

This is why the bill introduced by Girri assumes significance.

Ever since, Girri introduced the bill, his twitter account and that of BJP has been flooded with congratulatory messages.


Many have been demanding the repeal or amendment of the clause and a removal of the words “other than the minority educational institutions”.


Now, Girri has taken upon himself to get the clause amended. According to Swarajya, the bill is dated 2016 meaning that Girri had tried to introduce it last year.