Delhi HC asks CAG to report on finance of unaided schools

The Delhi High Court today asked the Comptroller and Auditor General to place before it the report prepared last year after auditing the accounts of the city`s 25 private unaided schools.

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2010, 19:08 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today asked
the Comptroller and Auditor General to place before it the
report prepared last year after auditing the accounts of the
city`s 25 private unaided schools including DPS R K Puram,
Modern School Barakhamba Road and and Amity International.

A Division Bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice
Siddharth Mridul directed the CAG to produce the report by
July 16 while hearing a petition filed by the parents
association challenging the city government`s decision to
allow private unaided schools to hike tuition and development
fees.

Appearing for the parents` association, counsel Ashok
Aggarwal submitted the CAG had prepared the report after
auditing the financial records of the schools, which has been
published by various newspapers recently.

The counsel argued there was no need for hiking the
tuition fees as the schools have surplus money in their
accounts as per the CAG report.

The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by Delhi Abhibhavak
Sangh, Social Jurists, an NGO, and Faith Academy Parent`s
Association and sought quashing of the notification issued by
the Department of Education on February 11 last year
permitting the schools to hike tuition and development fees
with retrospective effect from January 1, 2006.

According to the notification, for every Rs 500 in
tuition fees, there will be Rs 100 increase monthly.

Seeking quashing of the notification, the petitioners
said the decision of the Education Department Delhi is not
rational or legal and the government allowed them to go for
hike without examining the financial record of the schools as
to whether such schools really required an increase in fees.

The Delhi government had constituted a committee headed
by S L Bansal, a retired IAS officer, to examine the
implications of 6th Pay Commission for recognised unaided
schools and the Education Department relied on the committee`s
recommendation while issuing the notification for school fee
hike.

The petitioners contended the committee should have
invited objections from the parents before submitting the
report to government.

-PTI

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