'Aided' school lacks basic amenities, HC pulls up govt

'Aided' school lacks basic amenities, HC pulls up AAP govt

Terming the situation in the 100 per cent government- aided school as "pathetic", a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar ordered immediate provision of water and toilet facilities in the school. (PTI file photo)

The AAP government was pulled up on Monday by the Delhi High Court for lack of infrastructure and basic amenities, like water and toilet facilities, in a fully-aided, government school in the national capital.

Terming the situation in the 100 per cent government- aided school as "pathetic", a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar ordered immediate provision of water and toilet facilities in the school.

The court also directed the Deputy Director of Education to conduct a physical inspection of Alok Punj Senior Secondary School at Karawal Nagar in north east Delhi to ascertain its other infrastructural inadequacies.

The school was earlier run by a society but was taken over by the Delhi government later.

The bench ordered the Education Department official to file a status report within 10 days after carrying out the inspection and listed the matter for further hearing on July 30.

"It is 100 per cent aided. Look at the facilities. This is pathetic," the bench said, adding "immediate steps be taken to ensure water and toilet facilities are made available (at the school)".

The direction came on a PIL by NGO Social Jurist, filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal and seeking directions to the Delhi government to provide adequate infrastructure and amenities to the faculty and over 2,600 students of the school.

The NGO has also claimed in its plea that the land earmarked for a playground for the school kids was being used for dumping garbage and domestic waste.

The petition also alleged lack of sufficient teaching faculty in the school with 72 posts of teachers being vacant.

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