HC judges to govt: Deduct our salary to facilitate students

Advocate General assures to come again with compliance report on June 28

dehradun Updated: Jun 23, 2017 20:46 IST
Kamal Jagati
Kamal Jagati
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,HC judges,Deduct our salary
The court ordered government to provide basic amenities to the school students.(HT Fiie)

Taking strong note of the Uttarakhand government’s inaction in providing basic facilities to the students in the state-run schools across state, justice Rajeev Sharma of the High Court on Friday told secretary (finance) Amit Negi that if required government can deduct his salary to raise funds for the schools ailing basic amenities. The judge reacted after secretary (finance) briefed court about the financial condition of the state.

While hearing the writ petition of one Deepak Rana, the court on Thursday had categorically told government to curb car and other luxury items for the officials until the basic amenities are provided to the students of the government run schools. Continuing the hearing on Friday, the two-judge bench of Justices Alok Singh and Rajiv Sharma asked advocate general to have a word with the chief minister and come up with a solution.

The court modified its previous order partially, allowing the government to buy the need based items such as water purifiers with the prior approval of chief secretary. However, it was made clear that the state government shall not buy any luxury items till further orders.

Earlier this year, the court had directed the education department to improve the condition of government run schools. Later the matter was referred to finance department, which expressed its helplessness in providing additional funds to the education department.

The court observed it was not acceptable that several schools were running without benches, desks, blackboards etc. The court further said there was an immediate need to construct hygienic separate toilets for boys and girls and also sufficient number of water purifiers for the students. The advocate general was instructed to come back with the compliance report on June 28.

The mandatory directions were given by the High Court on a plea by Deepak Rana.

Parikshit Saini, advocate for the petitioner had said that that “the court had earlier directed that basic amenities be provided to government schools. Provisions like sanitary healthcare for both boys and girls, one set of uniform every six months, mid day meals, adequate lighting, seating, heating arrangements, provision for blackboard etc were made mandatory in the order.”

Uttarakhand was held personally responsible to comply with the directions, but even after seven months of passing of the judgment the provisions have not been implemented.

Lalit Miglani, advocate who moved the present petition before the court said that, “The Secretary, education, State of Uttarakhand was summoned yet the only explanation offered by the secretary was that the matter was taken up with the state finance department in March 2017, but, till date, no response has been received.”

Dissatisfied with the excuse offered by the state government, the court implemented a ban on purchase of luxury items such as cars, mobiles and till further orders.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 20:46 IST