The school education department has denied information under RTI Act regarding occupation of schools by government forces in last three decades in Kashmir. The information was sought by a civil society group here.
According to a report prepared by Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS), titled ‘Terrorized – Impact of violence on children of Jammu and Kashmir’, the department has denied information to it.
“The information regarding the number of schools and colleges occupied or vacated by the armed forces in the last three decades was not provided by the department citing no such data has been maintained.
“The response and denial of information were shocking. Even the State Information Commission (SIC) took a strong note of it saying that the department had been maintaining this data as the government has constantly put in efforts to get schools and educational buildings occupied by armed forces vacated,” the JKCCS said.
Khuram Parvez, human rights activist and Program Coordinator JKCCS said, “We have been seeking information from the department consistently, but they don’t respond.”