Asks Com Sec Edu to appear in person if orders not complied with
SRINAGAR: The J&K high court on Thursday directed the state government to prepare proposed amendment to the education rules of 2010 on or before March 6.
In case of a failure, a division bench of Justices R Sudhakar and Dhiraj Singh Thakur asked commissioner secretary to remain present before the court on the next date of the hearing in the PIL, essentially seeking proper functioning of the Elementary Training Colleges (ETT) in the state.
As per a government commission, a meeting of officers comprising Chairman J&K BOSE, Directors of school Education Kashmir and Jammu, Secretary J&K Bose, Additional Secretary to Government department of Law, Justice and parliamentary affairs, PLO School Education department and Director Academics J&K BOSE was to be convened on February 13.
“Nothing fruitful has happened pursuant to the earlier meetings held. Therefore, no purpose would be served by having another meeting with stake holders unless draft rules are prepared and circulated to all concerned,” the court said and asked the commissioner secretary to prepare the proposed amendment to the rules of 2010 on or before March 6. It also directed government place the draft rules before the court and also to provide it to other stake holders for consideration.
“If the direction is not complied the officer shall remain present before the court on the next date of hearing. We are constrained to pass this order as none of the authorities have understood the substance of the earlier order dated 21 December 16,” the court said. It also took status report filed by IGP on record and said that it will be considered on next date. The report by Crime Branch was in compliance to its directions about the steps taken for completion of investigation pending cases regarding the alleged scam into Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) in the state.
The IGP Crime Branch Jammu stated in previous status report that charge-sheets for the sessions 2003-20005, 2004-20006, 2005-20007 & 2006-2008 in FIR 36/2013 u/s 420,468 , 471, 120-B RPC read with section 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act 2006 have already been produced before the Special Judge of Anti-corruption Jammu under four challans.
The status report had also revealed that investigation in respect of session 2007-2009 has been finalized and charge sheet has been produced before the court recently on December 13 against 7 promoters of ETT institutes.
In addition, the IGP Crime Branch stated the examination records pertaining to session 2008-2010 has revealed that two batches of ETT courses in 2008-2010 (General) and 2008-2010 (court cases) were started by the BOSE authorities and out of 60 ETT institutes established by the promoters in the sessions, records in respect of 48 ETT institutes have been scrutinized and examination of records in respect of remaining 12 ETTs is going on. After completion of examination of the records of institutes, investigation of session 2008-2010 will be concluded, the IGP’s report reads.
An inquiry conducted by the Board of School Education (BOSE) into the training course by the ETT colleges has already described it a “big scandal run by mafia in league with the top brass in the BOSE.”
The investigators arrested some officials of the BOSE including its former chairman in connection with the case. They were later released on bail.