Identify govt schools without teachers, students: HC

The High Court on Monday directed a petitioner to find out how many government primary schools in Mulbagal taluk in Kolar district do not have teachers and students.

Hearing a petition by M S Srinivasa Reddy, a resident of Mulbagal town, seeking to fill vacancies of teachers in these schools, the division bench ordered notice to the State Department of Primary Education and others.

The petitioner submitted that the taluk had 181 schools and there were 182 vacancies of teachers of the total 725 posts and sought directions to fill the vacancies.

Endosulfan victims

The High Court has asked the State Revenue department, the Health department and the Department of Social Welfare to discuss among themselves and make a submission regarding providing stipend to endosulfan-affected victims in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts.

During the hearing of a suo motu petition, amicus curiae Vaishali Hegde, in her submission to the court, said confusion prevailed over awarding stipend, as money was disbursed among the victims by the Revenue department through postal orders and the remaining amount was released by the Health department through deposits.

“The stipend should be distributed by one department instead of more than one,” she said.

She submitted that the victims required regular health checkups and a mobile vehicle should be made available in all the three districts on a weekly basis. She submitted that though the government claimed to have done much for the victims, the ground reality was different. The division bench directed the departments to make a submission in this regard.

Garbage tenders

The BBMP on Monday submitted to the High Court that it will withdraw the garbage tenders awarded to contractors. During the hearing of a petition by Gopinath Reddy and others, all garbage contractors challenging the award of tenders, the BBMP filed a memo stating that it will withdraw the tenders awarded to contractors and issue a fresh tender notification.

The petitioners had contended that tenders awarded were not in accordance with the norms laid down by the High Court. They submitted that some of the tender conditions were not acceptable. The division bench headed by Justice N Kumar disposed of the matter.

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