HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Monday cautioned the Telangana government regarding the fall out of some of the provisions of the FAST (Financial Assistance for the Students of Telangana) scheme. It directed the government to file counter affidavit explaining as to how it seeks to implement its scheme within the Constitutional framework.
The bench was dealing with two PILs filed by former ministers. The petitioners pointed out that the impugned GO issued by the Telangana government to extend financial assistance under FAST scheme i.e. reimbursement of scholarship to benefit only the students whose parents were residents of Telangana as on Nov 1, 1956, was against the Presidential Order.
On the other hand, Telangana advocate general K Ramakrishna Reddy said that the GO was issued to work out modalities and a final decision was yet to be taken. He sought time for filing counter. The bench cautioned the government that such issues can lead to divisive tendencies. It granted five weeks to the government to file its counter and adjourned the case hearing.