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Ensure safety of SC/ST schoolchildren: Govt

Ensure safety of SC/ST schoolchildren: Govt

The state government has given strict instructions to district collectors to take necessary steps to ensure safety and security of children at residential schools run by ST and SC development department.

“Clear directions may be given to all district authorities concerned as no untoward incident is acceptable in the schools after the government has taken all possible measures to maintain discipline there,” ST and SC development secretary Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra said in a recent letter to collectors.

The letter suggested collectors to take a lead in this regard and also cautioned that any untoward incident may invite strict disciplinary action.

It said the department runs more than 1,600 schools covering over 4,000 children, a majority of them underprivileged. It has also provided 3,000 hostels for students and another 1,000 hostel buildings are under construction.

Mishra said while various initiatives are being taken at the department level, there is a constant need to monitor safety of the children, teachers and staff working in the schools, especially residential sevashrams. The government at its review meetings repeatedly stressed ensuring structural safety of various buildings where children study and reside.

He said the collectors should ensure that any dilapidated building does not pose any risk to students, teachers and staff. Wherever building renovation requires time, the children should not be allowed there and accordingly the area should be cordoned off by temporary boundary, he added. [Time of India]

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