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Ghaziabad: Loni administration warns school of action if it fails to address fee hike issue

The subdivisional magistrate of Loni ordered Salwan Public School in Tronica City to roll back hiked fee or reply within a week

noida Updated: Apr 20, 2017 11:31 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The association of parents and representatives of 15 schools were called for a meeting on Tuesday to resolve the issue. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Amid the ongoing agitation by parents against ‘arbitrary’ fee hike, the subdivisional magistrate of Loni ordered a private school to roll back hiked fee or reply within a week. Officials said that the school will face action under Section 133 (conditional order for removal of nuisance) of CrPC and Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC if it fails to respond.

The notice was issued by subdivisional magistrate Prem Ranjan Singh to Salwan Public School in Tronica City on Wednesday. He said that protests by parents could also cause a law and order issue.

“This the first time that Section 133 of CrPC is being used with regard to the fee hike issue. The section has been used following complaints that the school arbitrarily hiked the fee by 17% this year. In the order, we have asked to roll back the fee hike or justify the grounds for the hike,” Singh said.

However, it is not the first time that officials have tried using provisions of CrPC into the issue of the fee hike.

In April 2014, then district magistrate, SVS Ranga Rao, had ordered FIRs against schools if they failed to comply with an October 2011 government order, which restricted the fee hike to 10%. The order of then district magistrate had also stated that FIRs would be lodged against erring schools for violation of Section 144 of CrPC.

State government officials of the Samajwadi Party’s government, however, had shot down the DM’s order, terming that the order was uncalled for and the issue of fee hike should not have been connected to the law and order issue.

Section 133 of CrPC was also used to expedite the construction of a rail overbridge at Banthla a fortnight ago. A notice was issued to railway officials as the construction work had slowed down and was resulting in long jams. Residents and commuters had protested on the issue, which led to altercations between the two groups.

“The order speeded up the construction work. Another such notice was also issued to the state public works department to expedite patchwork and road repair of the Banthla railway crossing. It also brought desired results. We will see if such an order can work on the issue of fee hike,” Singh said.

The school’s authorities could not be contacted on the two numbers listed on the school website.

First Published: Apr 19, 2017 23:44 IST