Vasco civic body to seek funds from govt for CCTV cameras in schools

VASCO: The Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) has decided to approach Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for obtaining grants for procurement of CCTV cameras for installation in schools within MMC jurisdiction. MMC chief officer Agnelo Fernandes convened a meeting of various school heads in the council hall in order to chalk out effective plans for the safety and security of students by installing CCTV cameras, but several heads of schools raised serious concern over non availability of funds. The meeting was attended by MMC chairperson Deepak Naik and Vasco PI Nolasco Raposo, wherein they noted the suggestions for effective implementation of the security procedures.

The assistant district education officer (ADEI) from Mormugao who was also summoned for the follow up meeting on Monday, failed to attend. MMC chairperson Naik said that the council would invite the ADEI Mormugao, since he failed to attend the follow up meeting on Monday. He said that a delegation led by him would meet the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is also the Education Minister, requesting him to make a provision for grants in order to procure CCTV cameras and equipments for safety of students.

He disclosed that the heads of schools who attended the meeting on Monday has been requested to give their suggestions in writing. "We would make sure that the next meeting will be attended by the director of education where he would come to know the difficulties of the school management in tackling issues of students safety", added Naik. MMC chief officer Fernandes said, "Students safety is my primary concern and it will not be compromised".

He disclosed that in all 18 heads of schools/ representatives showed their eagerness to attend the meeting. He however maintained that the school authorities should give in writing suggestions to improve the security concerns of students. "I have decided to write to the director of education, suggesting to improve the safety of students by installing CCTV cameras, deploying watchmen or security personnel in schools", said Fernandes.

He also stressed the need of traffic safety among students. Earlier, the heads/representatives of the schools raised various issues, pertaining to the non availability of funds in order to procure safety equipments. The headmaster of Anjuman Himayatul Anjuman High School Baina M P Dabholkar disclosed that there is a need of educating the parents. "Until and unless the education department gives its approval for the appointment of a counselor, it would be a very tedious task to improve the standard of students who come from different backgrounds", added Dabholkar.

Kelly Fernandes, representing St Andrew's primary school Vasco, appreciated the steps of the MMC towards security of students. He disclosed that children should be made aware of their safety. He stressed the need of constituting a committee which would help to educate the child/students.

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