95 Ggn schools yet to sub­mit safety com­pli­ance re­ports

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GU­RU­GRAM: There are still 95 schools in Gu­ru­gram that have not sub­mit­ted the safety com­pli­ance re­port to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ear­lier the deputy com­mis­sioner had warned that ac­tion will be ini­ti­ated against the 135 schools that had failed to pro­vide the re­port on how they plan to keep stu­dents safe in its premises. Le­gal ac­tion can be taken against the man­age­ment of th­ese schools un­der sec­tion 188 (dis­obe­di­ence of or­der pro­mul­gated by the pub­lic ser­vant) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

Af­ter the grue­some in­ci­dent of mur­der of 7-year-old Pradyu­man, all schools in the dis­trict were strictly asked to com­ply with th­ese or­ders.

Un­der this, the man­age­ment of schools were asked to sub­mit cer­tifi­cates to the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion. One of the main cri­te­ria was the con­sti­tu­tion of a school se­cu­rity com­mit­tee that will in­clude par­ents as rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The cri­te­ria also in­clude com­pul­sory po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion of non-teach­ing staff and ar­range­ment of sep­a­rate toi­lets for th­ese staff.

More­over, spe­cial toi­lets with ramps must be con­structed for phys­i­cally chal­lenged chil­dren, and a fe­male at­ten­dant must be as­signed in toi­lets for small chil­dren. The ad­min­is­tra­tion also lists is­suance of fire safety cer­tifi­cate as one of the cri­te­ria, as well as to en­sure that fire safety equip­ment is in work­ing con­di­tion.

The or­der also di­rects schools to in­stall ad­e­quate num­ber of CCTV cam­eras in­side the school premises, as well as the school buses. It was also di­rected school buses must have GPS sys­tems and the manda­tory pres­ence of a fe­male at­ten­dant. Af­ter sub­mit­ting their re­port, they can be in­spected by the pub­lic of­fi­cials on their safety stan­dards.

If they fail to meet the stan­dards as out­lines, their li­cences can be can­celled by the deputy com­mis­sioner.

The guide­lines have be­come even more im­por­tant as the Supreme Court also di­rected all the schools to strengthen its se­cu­rity sys­tem. Fail­ure to sub­mit the re­port has again ex­posed the safety pro­ce­dures fol­lowed by school in Gu­ru­gram. While there were con­cerns that were ex­pressed over the se­ri­ous­ness of the is­sue, ac­tion was only by the pub­lic au­thor­i­ties af­ter the tragic in­ci­dent on Septem­ber 8.

The de­tailed re­port had found sev­eral lapses in Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, Bhondsi. To en­sure the safety of over 1000 chil­dren that are study­ing in the school, the Deputy Com­mis­sioner have taken over man­ag­ing the school for three months. NOIDA: An eight-year-old boy has died af­ter drown­ing in an open drain along the main road near Naya Gaon area un­der Noida phase 2, said the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the de­ceased has been iden­ti­fied as Shankar, a res­i­dent of Naya Gaon.

“On Mon­day af­ter­noon while pass­ing through the vil­lage he ac­ci­den­tally fell into the drain along the main road. The fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tim in­formed po­lice about their kin be­ing ab­scond­ing from home. We launched a probe into the mat­ter and on Tues­day morn­ing the dead body of the de­ceased child was found float­ing on the sur­face of the drain” said Shah­wez Khan, Sta­tion house of­fi­cer, phase-2 po­lice sta­tion.

“The body has been sent for the post mortem and a case un­der IPC sec­tion 363 has been reg­is­tered in phase-2 po­lice sta­tion” Khan fur­ther said.

Some lo­cals said sim­i­lar in­ci­dents have hap­pened in the past when chil­dren and the passersby have fallen in the open drain and such fa­tal­i­ties were re­ported.

“The drain is long and deep. There are very rare chances for a child of such a small age to come out of the drain on its own if he ac­ci­dently falls into it. The au­thor­ity must take need­ful steps to cover all such drains in the city as they at­tract sev­eral such fa­tal­i­ties,” said Ajay Ku­mar, a res­i­dent of the area.

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