No Cars, ACs For Ministers If No Benches For Kids In Schools: HC


New Delhi: The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday junked the state government’s plea to lift the restriction on buying luxury cars and air conditioners.

Pulling up the Uttarakhand government over the lack of minimum facilities in the schools, the HC said “students have fundamental rights to get basic amenities in government schools.”
The court allowed the state government to buy only water purifiers but departments will need the Chief Secretary’s approval for every purchase.

The Advocate General of the state sought four days to come back with a definite timeline on providing basic amenities in schools and said the matter will be discussed “at the highest level.”

The HC said the government is obligated to provide qualified teachers, well-lit and duly ventilated class rooms, benches, desks, blackboards, water purifiers and hygienic toilets in government-run schools.

“The focus of the state government should be to provide education by providing basic infrastructure, wherewithal and amenities in government-run schools,” the HC said.

Pointing out that lack of educational facilities have even led to migration of people from the state, the court said, “In case, we are able to provide the infrastructure at the grassroots level, the issue of migration can be adequately addressed.” The next date of hearing of the case is June 28.