Delhi High Court constituted Monitoring Committee of which I am a member inspected Fortis Jessa Ram Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi on 09.03.2013 and found that the free ward was apparently like a make shift arrangement in the corridor of the Building. It is interesting to note that during the earlier inspection which was done about 6 months back, the monitoring committee pointed out in writing to the hospital authorities that such an arrangement is undesirable, discriminatory and in violation of Supreme Court and High Court orders and the free ward needs to be shifted in the Hall/Room immediately. The then M.S. had committed that the free ward would be shifted inside the Hall/Room shortly. The members of the Monitoring Committee were shocked to find that the free beds were still in the Corridor and the ews patients were lying there.
Delhi High Court constituted Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee to determine the justifiability of fee-hiked in 2009 by unaided private schools of Delhi in its two interim reports submitted in the High Court has held that most of the private schools have unjustly and without actually requirement increased fee and other charges and directed refund of the same to the parents with 9% interest thereon. In view of these finding of the Committee, it would be advisable to all the parents to not to pay the hike fee in 2013-14, till a school gets prior approval of the hiked fee from Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee. The parents should note that there is no law permitting the schools to increase the fee every year by 10%. The law is that it can be increased or decreased depending upon the actual requirement of a school. Advocate Ashok Agarwal, National President, All India Parents Association (AIPA) M-09811101923