No luxury items for Uttarakhand govt till schools are fixed
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No luxury items for Uttarakhand govt till schools are fixed

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday  ‘restrained’ the state government from purchasing luxury items till schools are fixed in the state.

Holding the state government responsible for “falling standards of education” and for “miserably failing to provide bare minimum facilities” in government schools, the Uttarakhand HC came out with such a statement.

“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.

In response to a PIL filed by Mr Deepak Rana, the High Court had asked the state government to provide necessary amenities in all government schools across the state in November last year.

It had 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 clean toilets separately for boys and girls.

According to the state’s education department, there are 12,533 primary schools, 2,809 upper primary schools and 2,203 secondary schools that are run by the government. However, basic facilities like tables and chairs are missing in many of these schools.

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

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