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HRD Minister Neera Yadav promises Fee Regulatory Act by July

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Jamshedpur, April 26: State HRD minister Neera Yadav on Wednesday said that the state will have its own Fee Regulatory Act by July.

Yadav, who chaired a meeting of the district planning committee at the Zilla Parishad (district council) hall in Sakchi this afternoon, speaking to newsmen said : “The Government is seriously working on the act to tighten noose of private educational institutions.

The draft Fee Regulatory Act is almost in final phase and it will be presented before the cabinet in June-July. We have studied the draft of similar acts of various states like Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat and have also taken advice from academicians and expert. We hope to finalise it within a few months and present it before cabinet in June-July. It will be enforced in private schools from the next academic session (March-April 2018)”.

The minister however, assured the parents about government’s efforts to control private cradles in fee increment.
“ Not only this we have also asked all the districts to form a district-level committee under the leadership of the respective deputy commissioners to get vigil on the functioning of private schools. Parents can lodge their complaints about private schools with such committees at the district level and if their problems are not addressed they can approach JET,” said Yadav.

Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh (a parents outfit) president Umesh Kumar expressed happiness at the making of the Fee Regulatory Act. “We are happy that after so many years the state is going to have its own fee regulatory Act after which parents can look forward for action against private schools,” said Kumar.

Several schools have enhanced fees by nearly 25-30 percent from this session at both primary and middle school level. Similarly other schools are also planning to hike schools fees which would further increase financial burden on us. Immediate steps need to be taken to stop the menace,” said a parent.

Meanwhile, during the district planning committee meeting, the minister who is in-charge of the East Singhbhum district directed for withholding salary of the district soil conservation officer (Kalipado Mahto). “ As per our study the officer has failed to submit report on allegation of irregularities in constructing of ponds in Potka block.

Taking into consideration the water crisis faced in the summer we have decided to withhold the salary of the official till the period the report is submitted with the deputy commissioner,” said Neera Yadav said.

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