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SC raps Centre for not framing safety guidelines for schools

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today pulled up the Union for not coming up with guidelines on disaster management to make schools safer even after the death of a large number of children in fire incidents in Dabwali and Kumbakonam.

The apex asked the National Disaster Management Authority to file its response by August 14.

"Your affidavit goes round and round but does not say in explicit way what needs to be done. So many years have gone by but still there are no guidelines," a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice said.

It said that Centre has to say in clear terms whether it wants to do it or not.

"Please give us guidelines and we will pass orders. You tell us nothing, there is nothing to hide. We want states to be alive to the situation," the said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union government, said the NDMA and state and district level disaster management authorities look after disaster related incidents.

"Tell them to file their response by August 14," the said, adding there should be focus on implementation as just framing guidelines will not suffice.

"Responsiblity should also be fixed if there is dereliction (of duty)," it said.

Earlier, the apex had criticised the central for treating orders with disdain by not taking action on its order passed last year.

A PIL has been filed by and individual Avinash Mehrotra seeking safety guidelines for school after the Dabwali fire incident in Haryana and the Kumbakonam tragedy in Tamil Nadu.

The had earlier asked the NDMA to come up with comprehensive guidelines to prevent such incidents and take measures for safety of school children.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 11 2017. 21:07 IST