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Plea on FAST adjourned

Plea on FAST adjourned
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Plea on FAST Adjourned. The two-judge PIL Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P V Sanjay...

Hyderabad: The two-judge PIL Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice P V Sanjay Kumar on Monday directed the Telangana State government to explain the basis for fixing the cut-off date of 1-11-1956 for eligibility for the FAST scheme.

The Bench also addressing the Advocate General said it was time the government was sensitised about the existence of the constitutional courts. The Bench did not approve of the delay in the government filing its counter to the writ plea. The writ plea was filed by D Manikya Vara Prasad Rao, former State Minister, challenging the action of the government in extending Social Welfare financial backup only to students whose parents were residents of Telangana State as on 01.11.1956, as illegal and contrary to the provisions of AP Re-organisation Act, 2014. The petitioner also sought a consequential direction to the government to follow the earlier eligibility criteria for fee reimbursement and admissions without reference to ‘1956’ as the year of eligibility.

The Bench pointedly asked the Advocate General the constitutional basis for such classification and voiced its displeasure over the procrastination on the part of the State to file its counter to the writ petition. It made clear that it was adjourning the matter because the request came from the Principal Officer of the State.

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