The Dhanbad district administration has initiated steps to constitute a committee that will ensure strict compliance with Supreme Court’s guidelines on school buses and also decide the fare.
Divulging details, general secretary of Jharkhand Abhibhavak Mahasangh Manoj Singh said: “We have received a letter from the district education department, asking us to initiate the process of forming the committee. It will be ready in a day or two.”
District education officer (DEO) Dharma Deo Rai added that the decision to constitute this team was taken during the last meeting of the Right to Education cell on August 20.
The constitution of the committee was prompted by complaints pouring in with regard to exorbitant bus fare charged by the schools.
The committee will also ensure that the Supreme Court guidelines like every school bus should be labelled, their windows fitted with grilles, first-aid box and fire extinguishers must be on board and GPS system are strictly adhered to.
The committee, which will be headed by deputy commissioner (DC) Prashant Kumar, will have 10 other members, including DEO Rai, district transport officer Ravi Raj Sharma, president of Jharkhand Abhibhavak Mahasangh Ranvijay Singh, general secretary of the same outfit Manoj Mishra and principal of Indian School of Learning J.K. Sinha. Three other representatives from different schools will be nominated. The team will also boast a legal and a financial expert.
“We are considering to appoint a local chartered accountant as the financial expert of the committee,” said an insider of the district education department. The name is yet to be finalised.
DC Kumar, however, had suggested the education department auditor’s name as the financial expert. But, as the auditing of the department is done in Ranchi, the person concerned will not be able to come down to Dhanbad for every meetings of the committee. While, advocate A.K. Sahay has been nominated as the legal expert.