Jaipur: Rajasthan High court has summoned the minutes of the meeting of August 22 to deliberate on the issue of the student suicides at coaching centers in the state and asked the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to present its views in the court on the next hearing.
The division bench of Ajay Rastogi and J K Ranka issued the summon during the hearing of a suo motu petition. The state advocate general NM Lodha who appeared for the government informed the court that taking the matter of suicides in the coaching hub of Kota and other places seriously, the state government had convened a meeting at the highest level decided to hire the services of professional agencies to make guidelines to regulate the coaching institutes.
He said a committee has also been constituted by the government to look in to the matter and submit its report within one month. The court however was not happy with the reply of the government and has summoned the agenda and minutes of the meeting held on August 22 just a day before the hearing of the case.
The high court also wanted the view of the national commissioner for protection of child rights on the issue as its lawyer said the commission taking suo motu cognizance of suicides asked the district collector of Kota and higher education secretary to be present before it but they failed to do so. It said it has no powers to enforce its orders. So the court asked the member concerned to put across its views in the court during next hearing.
The court appointed amicus curie Ashok Gaur argued for incorporating penal provisions in the law to regulate coaching institutes. He said just issuing guidelines were not enough. He pointed out that five states like Tamil Nadu, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka had already made laws to regulate coaching institutes and it is high time a strong law put in place to protect the interest of the students and parents.