In an effort to make the national capital safer for women, Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to conduct a safety audit to identify safe and unsafe areas for women and girls in their districts.
“Each Deputy Commissioner has been asked to conduct a safety audit of space within their districts to identify safe and unsafe areas for women and girls along with remedial measures to be adopted to ensure their safety and security,” said an official from LG house.
Jung asked the DCs to identify a location in their district where a new all girls’ school can be started in the coming year.
He also asked them to specifically pay attention to the cleanliness and hygiene aspects, especially related to mid day meals being served in schools.
These directions were given at a review meeting held on Wednesday in which Jung also stressed upon improving the health care facilities offered to children.
Government hospitals and dispensaries were asked to stock emergency medicines and any shortage should be brought to the notice of Secretary (Health) immediately, he said.
He also directed that gram sabha land and other land should be made free from encroachment and should be used for establishing schools and healthcare facilities. “This land is to be made available to Departments’ of Health and Education,” Jung said.
The DCs have been further instructed to monitor the health care centres and schools in their districts closely and send detailed reports of the same to Departments of Education and Health, with a copy to the Lt Governor’s secretariat, officials said.
Jung told the Chief Secretary to draw up a roster for the visit of Secretaries to government hospitals for closer monitoring of their functioning.
He also instructed the DCs to keep a close watch on the movement and prices of vegetables, fruits and pulses in their districts.
Every fortnight, the DCs submit an action taken report on issues pertaining to status of water and power, cleaning of dhalaos, de-silting of drains, defogging, removal of encroachments, field visits to hospitals, dispensaries, schools, fair price shops, night shelters and other critical areas within their districts.