The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today sought from North East states implementation of the Supreme Court’s order seeking a report on matters related to occupation of educational areas or their adjoining spaces by army and military forces. The Ministry of Human Resource Development was directed to submit a list of schools and hostels, in the North Eastern states, that have been occupied by armed/security forces.
The Supreme Court of India on March 31, 2010 had sought an inquiry into large scale transportation of children from one state to another, including Manipur and Assam to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and to file a report in the matter. The matter was inquired into and a report to the Supreme Court was submitted on July 15, 2010. After having considered the report, the Supreme Court issued on September 1, 2010 a number of directives.
The Deputy Commissioner of NC Hills was asked to ensure that the schools, hostels and children’s home complexes presently occupied by the armed/security forces, are vacated within a month’s time; that it should be ensured that the school buildings and hostels are not allowed to be occupied by the armed or security forces in future for whatsoever purpose.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, was directed to submit a list of schools and hostels (district- wise), collected from the state governments and Union Territories’ administrations, currently occupied by the armed/security forces in the North Eastern states. The list was to be duly dated from when or duration for which such schools and hostels were occupied by the security forces.
The Ministry of Home Affairs was directed to ensure that the paramilitary forces vacate the school and hostel buildings occupied by them and submit an Action-Taken report to the court as well as NCPCR within two months from the date of issuing the directives. The ministry was also told to file a proper affidavit in this matter on the next date of hearing of the writ petition. Also, the ministry of DoNER was directed to hold special meetings with North Eastern states Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland to assess their requirement in terms of educational infrastructure such as construction of school buildings, hostels and children’s homes for support by the ministry.
Again, the state of Manipur and Assam were directed to ensure that no child below the age of 12 years or those at primary school level are sent outside for pursuing education to other states until further orders.
The matter was listed for hearing before the Supreme Court on November 15, 2010 for further directions. In his presentation, the ACHR’s director stated that the Ministry of Home Affairs and the state governments in the North East region are not complying with the Supreme Court’s directions. The ACHR brought specific cases where security forces are still occupying the school premises.
-via The Morung Express