In the proposal moved this time, the deputy chief minister noted that the government has examined proposals from all aspects.
Manish Sisodia said that the elite class of our country suffers from a feudal mindset (PTI)
By Pankaj Jain: Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has resend the proposal for Finland-based training for school teachers of the state government to the Lieutenant Governor. Previously, the L-G stalled the Finland-based teachers’ training twice by objecting to the file, despite the elected government’s approval, Sisodia said.
In the proposal moved this time, the deputy chief minister noted, “The government has examined proposals from all aspects, including the cost-benefit analysis and finds it essential to improve the quality of education and enhance the capacity of teachers. If the chief minister and the education minister have decided to send their teachers abroad, then how can the L-G scuttle it by repeatedly raising flimsy objections?”
“It is against democracy and the Constitution that an unelected individual is deciding and altering almost every decision of a democratically elected government. The elite class of our country suffers from a feudal mindset. They want to send their children abroad but strongly object and seek cost-benefit analysis even when teachers of poor children are to be sent abroad,” he said.
“The L-G’s remarks are extremely unfortunate. Such a regressive feudal mindset should have no place in 21st century India. As per the Supreme Court, L-G does not have the power to order a cost-benefit analysis of any decision of the council of ministers. I wish to remind the L-G that the orders of the Supreme Court are not only binding on every India but become the law. The powers of the “administrator” of Delhi are not unlimited. They are defined in the Constitution and in various orders of the Supreme Courtâ€¦ The L-G cannot refuse any proposal. He can only refer it to the President. The L-G may kindly inform whether he will approve the proposal or refer it to the President.”
He further noted, “The elite class of our country suffers from a feudal mindset. Whereas they want to send their own children abroad for the best education, they strongly object and seek a cost benefit analysis when even the teachers teaching poor children are proposed to be sent abroad for training. Such a regressive feudal mindset should have no place in 21st century India. Today, India needs a modern outlook wherein all children, rich or poor, whichever class or religion they belong to, must get the best quality education. LG’s remarks are extremely unfortunate. According to the 2018 judgement of the Constitution Bench of Hon’ble SC, Hon’ble LG does not have the power to order such cost benefit analysis or issue directions that the teachers may be trained in India rather than sending them abroad.”
Further in the file, the deputy chief minister cites the Supreme Court judgement where twice it repeats that the Lieutenant Governor has not been entrusted with any independent decision-making power.
“After doing all the analysis and examining all aspects, the Delhi government has decided to send its teachers to Finland for training. The L-G may kindly inform whether he wishes to invoke proviso to Article 239AA (4) of the Constitution. If he chooses to do so, he must follow the process provided in Rule 49 of TBR,” Sisodia said.