Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday urged one and all to make earnest efforts for the benefit of school going children to ensure that future of the nation is not jeopardized, even as it asked interested advocates to suggest names of few persons of high reputation who could be the members of a committee of experts to deal with the “menace” of fleecing of parents and students by some schools on one or the other pretext.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey to file before May 11 report as to how many libraries are functional in the state.
On March 9, the court took cognizance of the submissions by amicus curie advocate G A Lone, alleging that children and parents are being fleeced in the name of purchase of books, stationery and issuance of identity cards.
Lone had requested for constitution of expert committee which would make recommendations for ending the “menace.”
During today’s hearing, Lone also suggested names of some persons including Dr. Farooq Ahmad, former Registrar Kashmir University and presently Controller J&K BOPEE, for constitution “unbiased” panel.
“All the counsels are requested to give names of persons, for constitution of Committee of experts. Names be provided to registrar judicial within week’s time. Registrar Judicial (shall) thereafter contact all those persons and seek their consent,” the bench said, observing that earnest effort are being made by it for the benefit of school going children, who are the future of the nation. “The efforts are to be made by everybody to ensure that future of the nation is not jeopardized,” the bench said and directed listing of the PIL during the week commencing from May 11.