UP bans ragging; Cabinet approves draft bill

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Lucknow, Dec 3 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government today approved the draft of the proposed UP Ragging in Educational Institutions Bill 2007, paving way for a complete ban on the ''social evil.'' The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati here today.

The proposed Bill makes it mandatory for the concerned principal to initiate inquiry within seven days of receiving complaint of ragging from a student, his parents or teacher.

If any student is prima facie found guilty, he be rusticated from the institution immediately, the draft proposes.

Following legal action, the accused can to be jailed for upto two years and slapped with a fine of upto Rs 10,000. The rusticated student can appeal against the decision of the institution before the divisional commissioner within 30 days.

The Bill also proposes stern action against the principal, if he fails to take action on the complaint of the victim or his parents or guardians.

In another decision, the Cabinet also increased the monthly remuneration for contractual doctors from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000.

Besides, the Cabinet has decided to provide roaming facility along with the STD facility on the mobile phone of the state legislators.

UNI

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