West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is planning a crackdown against private educational institutions in the state that are demanding huge donations for granting admissions to students. After the passing of the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 on Friday, the CM told the assembly that she would soon call a meeting with school representatives once the ongoing board examinations were over.
Speaking in the assembly, Mamata Banerjee said, “I want to bring a policy keeping in mind both the common people and the authorities of the private educational institutions.” She further added that the state has “very good private schools, colleges and universities. But there are some which are charging so much and demand so much. I think there must be control at some point.” During the meeting, Banerjee also said she would ask the school representatives to chalk out a guideline working on which the state government will bring out a policy. However, the state government would not interfere into the choices of people who can afford to meet the demands of those educational institutions, she added.
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The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill aims at ensuring transparency in functioning and activities of private clinical (hospitals) establishments.
Earlier, miffed over a section of party leaders rebuking private hospitals for allegedly misbehaving with patients, Banerjee on Wednesday asked party leaders not to interfere. “Today our party supremo expressed her displeasure over a section of party leaders going overboard while dealing with complaints against private hospitals. She has asked party leaders not to do so and said that the government is well equipped to take steps if there are complaints against any private hospital,” a senior TMC leader said on condition of anonymity.
(With inputs from PTI)