A two-judge bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice Hanchate Sanjeevkumar while hearing a petition filed by Anti-Corruption Council of India underlining the poor infrastructure in govt. or aided schools in the state issued a notice to Centre for Child and the Law (NLSIU Bengaluru) and to Dr V P Niranjanaradhya, Senior Fellow CCL NLSIU, to assist the court to prepare a roadmap for providing infrastructure in govt and aided schools in the state. The court also asked them to consider the funds available and relevant factors while drafting the plan.
The court was dissatisfied with the action plan submitted by the state and called upon NLSIU to provide assistance in the matter and gather a ‘true and correct picture’ and ground reality about the condition of infrastructure present in the govt. and aided schools in Karnataka. It also emphasized hearing a few individuals or entities involved in the field of education in these schools.
The court in the previous hearing had directed the state government to place on record a plan of action for the allocated budget of Rs 100 crore. The state informed the court that it intends to spend Rs 2 crore per public school on 50 Karnataka Public schools in toto. This sum would be released in four instalments of Rs. 25 crores each.
Previously, the state government had informed the court that a sum of Rs 88 crore had been allocated in the last financial year for infrastructural development in the schools.
Justice Sanjeevkumar also observed that the many illegal activities that happen in the government schools and how they have become public toilets for villagers. The court observed that they will hear the NGO’s viewpoint before it issues any directions. The matter has been posted on July 22.