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Revisit GO amid fee hike, high court tells state government

Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court has asked the state government to file its response to a petition challenging the government (GO) order prohibiting fee hikes in private schools and took serious note of the government’s inability to respond to its earlier order on the matter.

On February 16, 2022, the court had asked the government to file its response on the matter, which the government did not do.

A divisional bench of Judge AR Masoodi and Judge NK Johari said on March 15: “It is the compelling duty of the state government to consider any direction issued by this court, failing which the controversies raised before a tribunal take on different dimensions for judgment. »

“State government policy, made under extraordinary circumstances and affecting the cause of education on a large scale, must be revisited with a sense of responsibility in order to strike a balance between the public interest, vis-à-vis vis-à-vis the rights of an aggrieved party,” the court added.

“We hope and expect that a final decision, in light of the submission made in the order already passed, will be made by the State no later than March 31, 2022 and reported to the court on the next filing date. “, observed the court. .

The UP Private Schools Association had filed a petition in the High Court challenging the state government order of January 7, 2022 prohibiting fee hikes in private schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.

The court has now scheduled the case for hearing on April 11.

Lawyer JN Mathur, who represents private schools, stressed in court that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted by the government and normal operations have been restored.

“Therefore, the government must reconsider its decision to completely ban fee hikes in private schools,” he said.

Attorney HP Srivastava, the additional chief permanent attorney, represented the state government.

We can mention that the government, in its ordinance of March 17, lifted all the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.