Provide toilets in govt schools: SC
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments and union territories to provide toilet facilities for girl students in all its schools by November-end.delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2011 23:58 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed all state governments and union territories to provide toilet facilities for girl students in all its schools by November-end.
A bench headed by Justice Dalveer Bhandari gave directions to the states, asking them to take immediate steps and file a compliance report before the court. The court also said if the states faced any problem in providing the facility, they should make temporary toilets for girls by November-end.
Permanent toilet facilities, however, have to be provided in the government schools by the year-end.
“It is imperative for the governments to provide toilet facilities to students. Parents would not the send a girl child to school if there is no toilet. We direct all states and union territories to provide toilet facilities by November 30. In case it is not possible, then temporary structure be made and permanent construction must be done by December 31,” the bench ordered.
The SC order came on a public interest litigation (PIL), seeking its direction to governments to provide basic facilities of drinking water and toilets in schools.
It was also apprised about the fact that all states, except Uttar Pradesh and Jammu&Kashmir have made adequate arrangements to provide potable water in schools.
Two weeks time was given to the governments to take steps for providing drinking water to the students studying in their schools.