New Delhi : Death of children in hospitals due to dengue negligence, and in school premises due to complacency in safety norms, has rendered the Kejriwal-led AAP government in city-state of Delhi on facesaver mode. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the Education portfolio, has sprung into action after the Ryan International School episode which took a tiny tot’s life this past weekend.
As opposition parties began raising questions on the status of safety in AAP-government’s regime, be it the infamous suicide episode of a farmer during rally, or women safety (everyday women-related safety issues sprouting from every part of Delhi), or Child safety (Dengue, School deaths, Admission rows) — AAP government immediately responded with action. Firstly, Sisodia ordered all schools to submit a report of safety norms that are being followed in their respective campuses, within a month. Additionally, the Dy-CM has promised to run a random check on school campus, beginning today, and conduct review of each premises for the safety norms available, or the lack of it – as the case maybe.
Amidst growing outrage over the death of a six year old boy at a private school, the Delhi government on Sunday, ordered all schools to file ‘safety report’ within a month, and stated that arrogant and insensitive behavior would not be tolerated. Case in point — Divyansh Kakrora, a student of class 1, was found dead in a water reservoir of Ryan International school in South Delhi’s Vasant Kunj area on Saturday.
Police began its probe into the mishap and continued to question school authorities, starting from its Principal. An FIR was registered the same day at Vasant Kunj North Police Station under Section 304 (A) of IPC against unknown persons for causing death due to negligence. Both sides got caught into criticism, namely- the school authorities, as well as ruling promise-laden Delhi government — and came under severe criticism from several quarters, resulting in quick action from the Delhi government. A meeting on Sunday deliberated upon issues related to safety aspects in schools. The meeting, presided over by deputy CM Manish Sisodia, concluded that an order would be issued to all schools, wherein, the ministry would seek a report (to be filed within one month), detailing about safety aspects at their premises.
To expedite the objective, Delhi government also decided to form a task force to verify the arrangements in the schools. Besides ordering a magisterial inquiry into Divyansh’s death, Sisodia, used strong words to support his opinion, saying, arrogant and insensitive behavior of the schools on matters relating to safety of the children would not be tolerated at all. In his exact words — We have asked principals of each school, be it government, MCD or private, to carry out a prima facie inspection and give us a report. As soon as we get the report, we will carry out an inspection based on their report. I will get all 3500 schools inspected in next one month through SDMs, fire department, PWD, DJB, education department and MCD.