April 22, 2019

97 schools have no boundary wall: Govt

Patna: The Bihar government on Thursday accepted that 97 schools in Patna district do not have any boundary walls.

The acceptance came during the hearing of a case of encroachment and no boundary walls at several schools in Patna district. A writ petition was filed in this connection by Vikash Chandra, aka Guddu Baba. Hearing the petition, the bench of Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan directed the state government to file a report in this connection within four weeks, stating how school property can be protected without erecting boundary walls. The bench then directed the state government to file FIRs against the squatters so that necessary action can be initiated against them for encroaching on public land.

The state government on Thursday accepted before the court that large-scale encroachment prevails in different schools of Patna district.

In its earlier order on July 24, the court had said: “This writ application has been filed drawing the court’s attention towards encroachment inside the boundary wall or campus of several government schools, for example, Bankipur Girls High School, Government Gandhi Middle School, Kamla Nehru High School, Patna Collegiate School and others. It is stated on behalf of the state that only newspaper report has been made the basis for filing this writ application. If that is the case and there is no encroachment in the schools concerned, let an affidavit be filed on behalf of the principal secretary, education department, as well as the district authorities concerned of the education department, stating in clear terms (i) Whether all government schools of Patna district have been secured by erection of boundary wall? (ii) Whether there is any encroachment even by government authorities like the police in any of these schools? (iii) If there is encroachment in the schools campus then what measures the government is taking for removal of encroachment at the earliest?’

The government in its affidavit filed on Thursday accepted that encroachment prevails in several schools and that action would be initiated aga-inst the squatters. The case would next be heard after four weeks.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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