Justice Imtiyaz assumes charge as school fee panel head

He said Justice (Retd) Imtiyaz would get pay as admissible to a sitting judge of the High Court, minus his present pension.

D A Rashid
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jul 30 2015 9:52PM | Updated Date: Jul 30 2015 9:52PM
Justice Imtiyaz assumes charge as school fee panel headRepresentational Photo

Justice (Retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain has assumed charge as Chairman of the fee fixing panel for private schools in the State, government informed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday.

As the hearing in a contempt petition started before a bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Hasnain Massodi, Additional Advocate General S A Naik stated that terms and conditions of Justice (Retd) Imtiyaz have been notified.

He said Justice (Retd) Imtiyaz would get pay as admissible to a sitting judge of the High Court, minus his present pension.

He will be entitled to TA, DA and medical allowance as admissible to the sitting judge as also a car to be provided to him by State Motor Garages, rent-free accommodation, telephone at office and residence. 

Naik also informed the bench that office for the panel has been identified and would be established before Monday while General Administration Department is being requested to provide requisite staff to the panel.

The AGG also informed the division bench that education department has also accorded sanction to the nomination of Kaneez Fatima (representative of JK State Board of School Education) and Showkat Ahmad Peer (chartered accountant) as members of the panel.

On June 1 this year the High Court had directed the state government to nominate within a week a retired High Court Judge as Chairman of the panel it had constituted to fix fee of private schools.

The fee panel was actually formed in 2013 after the government appointed retired Chief Justice of Orissa High Court, Justice Bilal Nazki, as its chairman. Nazki resigned later.

The court has also put the managements of unaided private schools at liberty to approach the Committee for fixation of fee structure of each standard and till new fee structure was fixed by the Committee, the managements were asked to collect all types of fees as was prevailing in August 2014.

Meanwhile, the division bench made it clear to the private schools that they shall not charge fee for the month of September and October last year unless it was cleared by the Committee. It said that the aggrieved schools can approach the panel with their grievance.

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