HC dissatisfied over panel inertia on ETT colleges

Expressing dissatisfaction over the inertia of official panel to submit fortnightly reports on Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) Colleges, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has observed that committees are constituted to make recommendations as directed by the court or the government and are not a mere paper work.
HC dissatisfied over panel inertia on ETT colleges
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Expressing dissatisfaction over the inertia of official panel to submit fortnightly reports on Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) Colleges, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has observed that committees are constituted to make recommendations as directed by the court or the government and are not a mere paper work. 

"Committees are not constituted only on paper. These are to be enthused with life by making them functional and by making recommendations in the manner it is directed to do by the government or by the court," a division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey observed while hearing a Public Interest Litigation seeking probe into admissions to ETT colleges. 

Referring to the committee constituted by the government vide order no 453-Edu of 2015 dated 14 February 2015, headed by director Education Kashmir, Shah Faisal, the court said no substantial decision has been taken by the committee so far. 

The said Committee was constituted to explore the possibility of inserting express provisions in the Regulations for strengthening of mechanism for monitoring of ETT Institutions to further ensure effective post registration monitoring to exclude the incidents of bogus classes being conducted and that same does not recur in future.

Pointing out that the committee was directed to convene fortnightly meetings and submit its report to the Registry, the court observed "though constituted on September 14, 2015 it appears that the committee not convened any meeting excepting on September 18, as no fortnightly report is submitted to the Registry." 

Observing that the Committee has acted in breach of the directions of the court as also government order no 453-Edu of 2015 to file its recommendation within two weeks, the court said "At request of Advocate General, we refrain from making any observations about the chairman of the committee and its members". The bench however added: "We grant further time to the respondents to effectively deal with the problem which is posed to the committee. And for which they have to find out a solution". 

Seeking its fresh status by the next date of hearing, the court directed the committee to file regular fortnightly reports to the Registry.

In a separate direction while underscoring that the probe by the Crime branch into multi-crore scam involving ETT colleges is going on at snail's pace, the court termed the latest investigation report submitted by the CB as unsatisfactory. 

"The Investigation is proceeding at snail's pace. It needs to be reminded to the authorities that the effective criminal justice system guarantees peace and order in the society," The court observed, "When a crime is committed and is detected by the concerned agencies and thereafter action taken in accordance with law, then alone, commission of Crime can be minimized in the society" 

The court directed the agency to file its periodical reports to SSP crime Srinagar and SSP crime Jammu who have been asked to formulate a consolidated report and submit the same to IGP.

"The IGP Crime will then file status report of the investigation" the court said. Seeking fresh compliance report, the court directed both SSPs to remain present in person on next date of hearing on December 14.

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