Court wants to know steps taken to implement panel report

The Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the Government Pleader (GP) to get instructions and file an affidavit regarding the steps being taken by the Tamil Nadu government for implementing the report of the Justice K.Ravirajapandian's Committee on fee structure for private schools.

The First Bench consisting of Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S.Sivagnanam passed the order on a public interest litigation petition by M.Sheik Mohammed Ali of Alwarthirunagar here.

It posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks to enable the GP to file the affidavit.

The petitioner submitted that the government should constitute a one-man commission to monitor whether school managements were collecting only the fee recommended by the committee. He read in newspapers that some schools were collecting more money and were issuing receipts without mentioning the name of the institution and address.

Also, receipts mentioning a sum which was less than that actually collected were being given. Till date, the government had not taken any effective action against erring institutions.

Further, there was no clarity as to how the schools should collect the fees, whether annually, half-yearly or quarterly.

It was not known as to how the government was going to implement a fee structure for non-recognised schools.

“No action taken”

He made a representation to the official authorities on June 7, but no action was taken. Hence, the present petition.