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Govt issues directives to stop monopoly of private schools

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar, Jun 26: To end the “fleecing” of students, the government has directed the concerned officials to stop monopoly of private schools in Kashmir.
An official of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir office said that government received complaints that private schools pressurise the students seeking admission or already studying to buy books, uniform and other teaching material from the specific shops.
To end such monopoly by these schools, the divisional administration has come up with various directions.
“Various provisions like the transportation mechanism in private schools is not regulated up to the mark due to monopoly adopted by school administration and subsequent threat bent upon school going children,” reads an official document.
“The schools are even not following the specific directions passed by Supreme Court. Also the private schools don’t hesitate in fleecing the parents on fee collections,” it adds.
The government, as per the documents, has directed the officials to ensure that the Supreme Court guidelines are followed by all the private school managements.
“Vehicles ferrying school children in private schools shall be given yellow colour. In addition to this, the private schools should have adequate vehicles in proportional to the children enrolled with the schools,” the government directed to concerned authorities.
“The school vehicles should also desist from over loading of children. In the event of overloading, the school administration shall be taken to by traffic authorities in collaboration with respective SHOs,” the directives read.
The documents said that government has also issued directives to monitor “overcharging of tuition fee and subsidiary fee” charged by private schools shall be monitored.
Earlier, the government has said that it was “actively considering” bringing a legislation to regulate the fee structure in the private schools in the state.
Hitting back, President Private Schools Association G N War said that it was “unfortunate” that Divisional Commissioner has issued “irresponsible” directives to officials.
“He (Divisional Commissioner) did not check figures and facts. Private schools are not fleecing students and are following Supreme Court guidelines in letter and spirit,” War said.
He said that there were three categories of schools operating in the Valley.
“Seventy percent schools are run by trusts. Similarly, there is also patronage of government to various schools, which have been given land and are being provide grants. While there are few schools which are being harassed. The proprietors of these schools have made an investment to run these educational institutions,” he said.
He asked the government to frame a committee for fixation of fares of buses. “We are not exploiting the children. Let government create a system. Government should set clear guidelines without any ambiguity,” he added.

 
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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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