Kejri offers job for Rohith's brother

The Delhi cabinet on Wednesday decided to give a job to the brother of Rohith Vemula, a Hyderabad student who committed suicide recently.

The decision came within hours of the students’ family meeting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In another decision, the cabinet decided to throw open the playgrounds of government schools for use by local children after teaching hours.

The family members and friends of Rohith met Kejriwal at his home. During the interaction his mother requested Kejriwal consider giving a job to a family member as they do not have any source of income.

After the meeting a note was prepared on the job request and the cabinet took the decision at its meeting around 6 pm.

The cabinet also extended the duration of the scheme of paying Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to the families of Defence personnel from Delhi who lose their lives in security operations and in calamities.

The scheme for the benefit of  war widows, war disabled, prisoners of war (PoW), missing in war/operations for Defence personnel, Delhi Police, Home Guards and Civil Defence was launched in April last year.

In a bid to promote sporting culture, the Kejriwal cabinet approved the Department of Education’s proposal to allow local children use 77 playgrounds at government schools, which are run in single shifts.

The playgrounds will be allowed for use by entities like sports associations and clubs, strictly for organising sporting events.  Individuals interested in athletics can also use these premises so can those interested in coaching students.

The permission for using them will be given by the concerned District Deputy Director of Education on a written proposal forwarded by heads of schools, said a statement.

The Department of Education has relaxed the use of school playgrounds to address the common complaint from children about lack of open spaces for sports.

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