PIL filed by an activist for providing basic amenities in a school in Jharkhand

A Dhanbad-based advocate has moved to the Jharkhand High Court for providing basic amenities to students of a state-run school in Wasseypur where 498 financially and socially backward students are taught in two little rooms without any furniture, electricity, water and have their mid-day meals in open unhygienic environment. Md Mumtaz Ansari, a resident of Jharkhand, has filed the petition praying for issuance of writ of mandamus directing the Center (Ministry of Human Resource Development), the State of Jharkhand, District Education Officer, Dhanbad, to provide basic infrastructure such as classrooms, electricity, kitchen/storeroom, seat/bench, library, boundary etc., teachers and non-teaching staffs to Utkramit Urdu Madhya Vidyalaya, Pandarpala, Wasseypur, Dhanbad.

The petitioner stated that in the school there are only two rooms admeasuring 15 by 18 feet, with no electricity, adequate teaching staff, rooms, seats and there is no proper source for clean and healthy drinking water. The petitioner cited Environment & Consumer Protection Foundation vs. Delhi Administration passed by the Supreme Court wherein every basic facility was provided to the school within six months form the date of judgement in 2013.

The petition states that the absence of basic amenities to the students is in violation of the Fundamental Right of Students guaranteed under Article 21-A of the Constitution and the provisions of RTE Act, 2009. Petitioner Mumtaz Ansari is related with a group named 'Fight4Right' which runs an education centre named "Disha"  for working and school dropout children and has rescued 40 such kids since 2011 at Panderpala (Wasseypur). The petitioner had admitted these students in the neighborhood school named Utkramit Urdu Madhya Vidyalaya, Pandarpala, Wasseypur, and when he visited the school, he saw the poor states of the school. Shockingly, due to non-availability of seperate classrooms, students of different classes study under the same roof and focusing on lessons being taught is extremely hampered. The applicant was compelled to move to court as his appeal to the Chief Minister, Jharkhand, Chief Secretary and DEO, Dhanbad failed to receive any notice.

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