SRINAGAR: Asking the state government to immediately take steps for the betterment of the education of children, the J&K High Court on Monday granted four weeks time to government to explain its position on release of funds for the reconstruction of burned schools.
Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar informed the court that the grant for authorisation of funds lies with Planning and Finance department and the decision would be taken in coming weeks.
However, Amicus Curie Advocate Syed Musaib told the court that while the funds stand released except accord of administration the work has not commenced yet.
Giving references to a recent research conducted at national level on school infrastructure, he said, J&K is rated worst. He added that almost 11,000 schools are running without basic facilities in state.
On the issue of schools burned down in 2016, he stated that out of 49 cases registered challans have been present only in five cases by police.
Hearing the PIL on burning of schools, the division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur directed state government to file updated status report pertaining to reconstruction of burned schools and status of investigation process.
“Proper education is the way forward for better learning. Improper education leads to improper learning. It is the right of children to have the best of facilities and the government has every responsibility to provide it,” the court remarked.
In 9 cases of school burning, police has stated that the culprits are untraced. One case has been cancelled while 32 cases are under investigation. The court has been informed that only one private school was burnt down in 2016.