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ILAI urges NHRC to ensure inclusion of tribal students in online classes during COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi, 17 June 2020: The Indigenous Lawyers Association of India (ILAI) has filed a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to ensure the fundamental right to education by ensuring inclusion of the underprivileged sections of society including tribals, dalits, forest dwellers and the poor in the online classes imparted by the schools during the COVID19 lockdown period. The tribal population in India as per 2011 census is 10.43 crore, constitute about 8.6% of the total population and 89.97% of them live in rural areas.

The ILAI stated that since the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi from 25 March 2020, all the educational institutions including schools have been closed down across India and many schools have switched over to online classes via platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc from Nursery to Class XII which