With an aim of ensuring the security of children, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has initiated a plan to install CCTV cameras in all the 579 municipal schools run by it with a budgetary provision of Rs five crore in the current year.
“We have installed CCTV cameras in 20 schools so far to fulfil our commitment to provide fool proof security to students. All schools will have CCTV cameras for the purpose,” said South Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Subhash Arya.
Civic officials will also monitor CCTV cameras to keep any eye on the security of children and also to address issues related to a qualitative delivery of primary education, he said.
“A monitoring team will be constituted in every zone and the SDMC officials at the headquarters will supervise security from the control room at the Civic Centre,” Arya said.
The move to install the CCTV cameras has come after 5-year-old student Ankit died after he fell into a septic tank at the SDMC school in Kapashera area on January 27 last.
An amount of Rs one lakh will be spent on installation of CCTV cameras in a school. The SDMC has earmarked an amount of
Rs.5 crore for this during the financial year 2016-17, he said.
Besides, the councillors can also adopt a school in their ward and take up development work with priority on the installation of CCTV cameras there with the help of Rs 5 lakh provided to them under local area development fund.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) may also start CCTV camera installation at its schools, as north east Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had recently expressed his wish to spend a part of his fund towards this end.