Maharashtra government has been directed by the Mumbai High Court that ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ is enforced in the state run homes for children for mental deficiency.

An affidavit had been filed by the Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities with stated that RTE should be applied to such homes as well.

Following the media reports, the court was hearing a suo moto public interest litigation on the pathetic condition of the orphanage and homes for mentally disabled children. The court also said that the inadequacy of the present staff was affecting the quality of care and protection of these children. The court has given six weeks time to the government to rectify the situation.