You can’t buy luxury items till you fix schools, High Court tells Uttarakhand govt

On November 19 last year, the HC, responding to a PIL, had asked the state government to provide necessary amenities in all government schools across the state. The government runs 12,533 primary schools, 2,809 upper primary schools and 2,203 secondary schools.

Written by Kavita Upadhyay | Dehradun | Updated: June 23, 2017 4:41 am
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Holding the Uttarakhand government responsible for “falling standards of education” and for “miserably failing to provide bare minimum facilities” in government schools, the Uttarakhand High Court Thursday “restrained” the state government from purchasing luxury items.

“Since the state government has miserably failed to provide bare minimum facilities in schools inter alia benches, desks, blackboards, hygienic separate toilets for boys and girls, water purifiers and ceiling fans, the state government is restrained from buying luxurious cars, furniture and air conditioners till further orders,” the court said.

On November 19 last year, the High Court, responding to a public interest litigation filed by one Deepak Rana, had asked the state government to provide necessary amenities in all government schools across the state.

According to the state’s education department, the government runs 12,533 primary schools, 2,809 upper primary schools and 2,203 secondary schools. It also aids four primary schools, 184 upper primary schools and 301 secondary schools. However, basic amenities such as tables and chairs are missing in many of these schools.

The High Court had last year asked the state government to provide benches, desks, school uniform, mid-day meals, computers, blackboards and a library in all government schools across the state, apart from constructing hygienic toilets separately for boys and girls.

On Thursday, the Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Alok Singh said, “Till date, the judgment has not been implemented. It reflects a very sorry state of affairs.”

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    S Srinivasan
    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:42 am
    Why not for a change,the Supreme Court orders the Central and State governments to disband the parliament and state assembleys for 10 years from now.The ries and perks paid/payable to these public representatives will suffice to bring the necessary changes in our country.
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      nnn
      Jun 23, 2017 at 10:13 am
      well done ,the PIL person has done a great job,lets start with other states also till the state govt gives proper roads .bullockcarts should be made official vechile of all officials and ministers
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        Vikrant
        Jun 23, 2017 at 9:19 am
        Stop all the facilities and luxuries being provided to judges too.. move them to smaller apartments stop all the cars and well furnished apartments bunglows being provided to them... cut down on their vacations and perks
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          HateBigots
          Jun 23, 2017 at 11:42 am
          Careful. Court may pull you up for Contempt.
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          Ashok Kumar Hassan Gopalakrishna
          Jun 23, 2017 at 8:39 am
          Good move!
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            Pankaj Rai
            Jun 23, 2017 at 7:42 am
            Judicial overreach.
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              Govindha Govindha
              Jun 23, 2017 at 7:23 am
              Bugger! Will get you transfered.
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                Niladrinath Mohanty
                Jun 23, 2017 at 7:17 am
                Good order by the Hon. High Court. But what about money spent on garlands, gala inaugural shows at various times and waste of man power and time on such activities?
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                  Kapil Sutra
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 6:10 am
                  Absolutely!
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