Maharashtra Principal Secretary of Education Bans Parent Meeting-Gross Negligence & Vindictive Action-While the State of Maharashtra is witnessing the outburst from the parents for extremely shocking and unjust resolution passed by the Education Commissioner Mr.Vishal Solanki putting ban on his department’s every officers to meet female parents who had visited his office for their legitimate grievances earlier, the organization has received an RTI information from the Mumbai based education activist which has exposed the gross willful negligence and disobedience of the Principal Education Secretary’s office itself.
Female parent banned to meet any officer of education department-
The issue was highlighted when Smt.Prajakta Pethkar, President of Prajakta Pethkar Education Trust was given written order by Education Commissioner Mr.Vishal Solanki informing her that she shall not be allowed to meet any officer of education department unless she apologizes to the Additional Chief Secretary Vandana Krishna for alleged misbehavior.
As per the Education Commissioner Mr.Vishal Solanki’s letter Dtd.17.09.2018 the copy of which is attached below, alleges that Smt.Prajakta Pethkar misbehaved with Additional Chief Secretary Vandana Krishna.
Background of the incident & Vindictive Act by Education Department-
As Smt.Prajakta Pethkar explained ‘We have been fighting the illegality of the school management from past 3 years. After we launched peaceful protest at Vidhan Bhavan, Mantralaya on 07.03.2018 with many other social organizations, the notification was passed under Maharashtra Education Institutions Regulation of Fee Act 2011 which authorized the Dty.Directors of Education all over the state to lodge FIRs against the school management who collected illegal fees from the parents. Accordingly 2 FIRs were lodged against the Vibgyor High school’s two branches in Pune. These were the first criminal prosecutions by the education department on its own since the act was enacted in the year 2014-15 & many parents were benefited with this notification. Then also we were assaulted by the police authorities for peaceful protest. However frustrated by our successful fights against the education department which has become an agent of the education giants, it was not taking any action against the other illegalities of the school which included not providing the books to the children & collecting the illegal fees from other parents of the school. When we met the Vandana Krishna on 31.08.2018, not only she behaved rudely with us but insulted other parents also. We have asked for and also challenge her to make CCTV footage of the meeting public which would prove her rudeness in first few moments itself as she could be seen asking the parents not to sit before her though the chairs before her were vacant. The another shocking fact is that the FIR has been lodged against the Vibgyor school management in the year 2016 for obstructing the education department’s officers, however no such ban is put on the school management till date!’.
With Evidence- Secretariat itself exposed for negligence & disobedience of law-
While it is crystal clear that the very order passed by the Education Commissioner Mr.Vishal Solanki is unconstitutional, illegal & malafide, the education activist from Mumbai Mr.Prasad Tulaskar has exposed the shocking fact that all the officers including Education Additional Chief Secretary are grossly negligent and indifferent to perform their statutorily & constitutionally binding duties.
The Right to Information replies received by Mr.Prasad Tulaskar prove the fact that not only the top officers of the education department are grossly negligent & disobedient about their duties but also that they take months to reply to the grievances of the parents, not to speak of resolving the same.
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Explaining this aspect Mr.Tulaskar said ‘I had served legal notice on 26.03.2018 to the Principal Secretary of the education for it has not taken any action against the Sane Guruji School for demand of illegal fees & other illegalities committed by the school management most of which have been declared as cognizable offences under the existing laws. In spite of serving the legal notice, the secretary’s office did not bother to inform me whether it has taken any cognizance or not. Accordingly i filed my first Right to Information application on 14.05.2018 and got a reply from the secretary office on 05.06.2018 that ‘action is under process & no final decision has been taken yet’ against my notice. Same reply was literally copy pasted recently on 10.09.2018 also. In my own case it is clear that from education officer to officers of top ranks of secretary are not performing their duties since past four months & are arrogantly banning parents to meet them for their whims & fancies.
Exposed- Maharashtra Principal Education Secretary’s gross negligence & inaction exposed with evidences-
1) First RTI Application of Mr.Prasad Tulaskar Dtd.14.05.2018 asking for action taken report against complaint notice Dtd.26.03.2018-
2) First RTI Reply Received By Mr. Prasad Tulaskar Dtd.05.06.2018 from Education Secretary Office that no decision is made & his complaint status is pending-
3) Second RTI Application of Mr.Prasad Tulaskar Dtd.14.08.2018 asking for action taken report against same complaint notice Dtd.26.03.2018.
4) Second ‘Copy Paste’ RTI Reply Received By Mr. Prasad Tulaskar Dtd.10.09.2018 from Education Secretary Office repeating no decision is made & his complaint status is pending-
Bharatiya Krantikari Sangatha to actively support parents’ side-
Adv.Siddharthshankar Sharma, Founder President of Bharatiya Krantikari Sangathan has decided to actively support Prajakta Pethkar Education Trust & also to make sure that appropriate legal action is taken against such errant and negligent officers who have forgotten to perform their statutorily & constitutionally binding duties.
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