Failure to respond irks rights panel,officials summoned

The summon has also been issued to the District Education Officer (Secondary Education),Tarn Taran.

Written by GagandeepSinghDhillon | Chandigrah | Updated: March 14, 2014 12:28 pm

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has directed Kamal Garg,Director of Public Instructions (Secondary Schools),Punjab to appear on December 2 after he failed to respond to an allegation of a human rights violation in a Government High School in Tarn Taran district “in spite of three rejoinders” by the Commission. The summon has also been issued to the District Education Officer (Secondary Education),Tarn Taran.

According to the order passed on September 27,the Commission has viewed the “non-compliance of orders” by both officials seriously due to which they have been directed to appear in person.

On August 29,2012,the Commission had taken cognizance of a matter relating to a school in Tarn Taran after Avinash Rai Khanna,an MP from Punjab,had sent a news cutting dated July 17,2012 highlighting that a Government Girls High School in Tarn Taran had one teacher for all the 325 students. According to the report published in ‘Pehredar’ newspaper,the Government Girls High School in Begepur,Tarn Taran,had 12 vacancies for teachers. In absence of teachers,the students themselves marked their attendance,the report said. It went on to say that there was no library or science room and there was a shortage of four rooms. The students of Classes IX and X were taught in groups of 80,said the report about the school which catered to students from 20 nearby villages.

After taking note of the news item,the Commission had called for a report from District Education Officer,Tarn Taran,under section 17 (I) of the Protection of Human Rights,Act,1993 according to which the Commission can call for information or report from any government authority. However,after repeated attempts,no response was received from either the DPI (S) or the DEO (SE) due to which the officials have been summoned.

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