High Court strikes down government circular collecting donations from students

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Hyderabad High Court today struck down the Educational Department’s circular directing the District Educational Officers to collect Rs.10 from each student as donation for ‘ My Capital, My Amaravati, My Brick’.

It may be recalled that the State Government has issued the circular directing the District Educational Officers to collect Rs.10 from each student for State Capital Construction. Some of the activists approached the High Court today. The court dealing with the petition expressed his anger over the Educational Department’s decision and questioned how it issued such a circular.

Reacting over the High Court order, Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that the amount is very small one and added that it is the intention of the government to make the students participating in the construction of the State Capital.

High Court faulted the orders issued by Education department asking the DEOs to collect Rs.10 from each student forcibly for AP State Capital construction. The court categorically ruled out for forcible collection from students.

Justice P.V.Sanjay Kumar has ordered notices to the respondents viz. School Education Principal Secretary, Commissioner for School Education, Guntur Regional Joint Director and DEO to file counters with full information.

It may be recalled that a circular was issued to collect Rs.10 each from students and teachers as part of ‘My Capital, My Amaravati My Brick’ programme and amount so collected be sent to the School Education Commissioner by January 10, 2016. The circular was challenged by one S.K.Basheer of Penumaka of Guntur and moved an urgent motion. The judge asked the counsel for School Education how such a circular was issued and the counsel was shocked over the question and attempted to convince the judge that it is not compulsory but of voluntary. The judge was not satisfied with the explanation and posted the case to February 8, 2016.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao attempted to give explanation to media saying that he had asked the Education Commissionerate to collect voluntarily but the circular was issued by deleting the word ‘voluntarily’ . He added that Rs.10 is not a huge amount and the Commissioner has issued a fresh circular ‘stating voluntary donations’ which was dated January 5, 2016.

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