Uttarakhand: The High Court said – take a decision in a week on the report of private schools in terms of fees to the Secretary

Nainital High Court

The Nainital High Court, while disposing of the petition filed by parents of government and non-government schools in the matter of tuition and other fees in the corona crisis, has asked the private school operators to make a report to the Education Secretary.

At the same time, keeping in view the unlocked plan of the Central Government from Secretary Education, take a decision on the report of the school operators within a week so that there is a harmony between the schools and the parents. Apart from this, the court has also said that the interim order passed on May 12 in favor of the guardians will remain unchanged until the government takes a final decision.

The case was heard before the bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe. Kunwar Japinder Singh, a resident of Dehradun, and others had filed a PIL in the High Court, stating that during the Corona crisis, fees are being charged from the government and non-government schools for activities other than tuition fees from the parents.

The petition said that in the mandate issued on May 2, private and semi-government schools were allowed to charge only tuition fees. Challenging this mandate, the petitioner had said about online studies that people are facing a lot of problems with this.

The High Court had earlier said in its interim order that no school would force parents for fees. At the same time, the government was instructed to make district-wise education officers the nodal officers in this whole case so that all complaints of parents can be lodged through them.

In compliance with this order, the government nominated education officers as nodal officers and heard the complaints and issued appropriate notice to those who were pressurizing for school fees. The High Court, after hearing the pleas of both the parties, disposed of the petition filed in the case and asked the school operators to put their report before the Education Secretary, while asking the Education Secretary to take action on that report within a week.

Panchayat elections: Candidate’s answer sought in case of candidate’s name and photo on the ballot

The High Court has directed the State Election Commission to file its reply within four weeks, after hearing a petition filed in the matter of making the candidate’s name and photo mandatory instead of the election symbol on the ballot for the three-tier panchayat election.

The case was heard before the bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe. As per the case, Akash Gehlot and others had filed a PIL in the High Court, stating that only the election symbol of the candidates is mentioned in the ballot used for the election of Gram Pradhan, Kshetra Panchayat member, and Zilla Panchayat member. Because of this, the voter gets confused many times and the public is not able to get the right representation. After hearing the parties, the High Court bench has directed the State Election Commission to file the reply in the matter within four weeks.

How long will the March-April money be given to the roadways workers: High Court

The High Court has asked the Secretary of the Transport Corporation as to when will the salary of March-April be given to the employees. The court directed to submit its report by 15 June. During the hearing, when the Transport Corporation presented the affidavit and told the court that it has not received seven hundred crores rupees from the UP government, including the sharing of assets, the court said that if the money is not received from UP, the employees will not be paid.

The case was heard before the bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe. The Uttarakhand Roadways Employees Union had filed a PIL in the High Court, stating that the government imposes ESMA on the strike, which is against the rules. The government has been forcing those people to go on strike. The government and the transport corporation are neither regularizing them nor are they being given regular salaries. Not only this, overtime money is not being given to the employees for the last four years.

The petition said that the dues of the retiring employees have also not been paid till now. The union has been compromised many times with the government and the corporation on demands. Even after this, the government is ready to install ESMA. While the government owes Rs 69 crore to the corporation, the Uttar Pradesh Transport Corporation also has to give Rs 700 crore to the Transport Corporation of Uttarakhand. If the government and the corporation collect it then all the problems of the union and corporation are solved.


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