The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday restrained the state government from buying luxurious cars, furniture and air conditioners etc., since, it miserably failed to provide minimum bare facilities in schools, inter alia, benches, desks, blackboards, hygienic separate toilets for boys and girls, water purifiers and ceiling fans, as per the court directions.
By its judgment dated 19.11.2016, the court had issued the following mandatory directions to the state government:
A division bench of Justice Alok Singh and Justice Rajiv Sharma observed that till date, the judgment has not been implemented.
The court had summoned the Secretary (Education), State of Uttarakhand. The only explanation offered by the Secretary to the court was that the matter was taken up with the Finance Department of the state on 14.3.2017, but, till date, no response has been received from the Department of Finance.
“It reflects a very sorry state of affairs. The peremptory directions were issued by the Court on 19.11.2016, to arrest the falling standards of education in the State of Uttarakhand and to provide at least bare minimum infrastructure and wherewithal in Government run schools.”
The court held that the state must give top-most priority to the education.
“Since, the State Government miserably failed to provide minimum bare 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 etc. till further orders of this Court,” the court said.