MOHAMMED MUSTAQ ANSARI Vs. STATE OF ODISHA
HIGH COURT OF ORISSA
Mohammed Mustaq Ansari
STATE OF ODISHA
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(1.) The central issue in the present batch of writ petitions concerns the charging of fees by private unaided schools in the State of Odisha in
the wake of COVID-19 pandemic from March, 2020 onwards.
(2.) The lead petition in the present batch is Writ Petition (Civil) PIL No.11299 of 2020 filed by Mr. Mohammed Mustaq Ansari, who
appears in person. The prayer in this petition inter alia is for
directions to the Government of Odisha to issue necessary orders
directing both the private unaided and aided schools not to collect
tuition fees for the lockdown period till actual commencement of
classes in physical mode; not to increase in fees in the academic
session 2020-21; "not to put extra financial burden on the parents or
creating any new head of the fees for the academic session 2020-21 "
and for a direction to strictly enforce the provisions of law against
the Managing Committee of those institutions who fail to strictly
comply with the directions of the Government. The further prayer of
the Petitioner is for a direction to the Government of Odisha to
provide funds to all the private schools, who are unable to bear the
basic liability of payment of payment of salaries to their staffs both
the teaching and the non-teaching staff to meet the situation arising
out of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this lead petition, notice was
issued by this Court on 24th April, 2020.
(3.) One of the connected petitions is Writ Petition (Civil) No.11514 of 2020 filed by the Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha. The Opposite Parties in this writ petition include the Department of School and
Mass Education (DSME), the Central Board of Secondary Education
(CBSE), Stuarts School, Cuttack (Opposite Party No.3), the
Confederation of Odisha Public Schools (Opposite Party No.7), the
Association of Odisha ICSE Schools, the S.K. International School
and DAV Public School.;
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