The Maharashtra Government has been directed by the Bombay High Court to ensure that the key education scheme 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' is implemented in state-run homes for children with mental deficiency. The bench took note of an affidavit filed by the commissioner of persons with Disabilities, said the government's scheme and the provision of the Right to Education would also apply to such homes. For achieving universalization of elementary education 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' is a flagship government program. The affidavit urged the court to pass a direction to Maharashtra Education Department to implement the program. To look into the issue and submit periodic reports, the court in the past appointed a committee headed by Dr. Asha Bajpal, an activist. In the affidavit, it is clearly mentioned that children in special schools and homes should get assistance from the 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' scheme and if they are found to be capable then they should be sent to the schools. The government has also been asked to take a relook at the staffing pattern in such homes.