In a move that may bring some relief to parents, the state government on Friday assured that the proposed legislation to curb arbitrary fee hikes would be enacted in the ongoing budget session of the state legislature.
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said the Maharashtra Educational Institutes (Regulation of Fees) Act would be discussed in the cabinet meeting and then introduced in the session.
“The draft bill is ready and since the next session would be in July post-admission season, we have decided that the bill will be introduced in this session itself,” said Pawar.
Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Devendra Phadnavis raised the issue saying that unless the government introduced the bill in this session it would prove to be futile for lakhs of students taking admission this academic year.
On an earlier occasion, school education minister Rajendra Darda had assured that the bill would be enacted before June 2011 or an ordinance would be passed to ensure the same.
The proposed draft says that private schools will have to get any fee hike cleared from the respective parent-teacher association (PTA) 10 months before implementing it.
If the dispute between the PTA and the school management exists on more than 15% fees then the dispute would be taken to a divisional committee for adjudication.