Identify unsafe areas for women, put safety measures in place: L-G to DCs

The directions came at a review meeting on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2014 8:44 am
Activists have been demanding better safety measures for women since the December 16 gangrape. (Source: Express photo) Activists have been demanding better safety measures for women since the December 16 gangrape. (Source: Express photo)

An audit to identify safe and unsafe areas for women will be carried out by deputy commissioners (DCs) in their districts following directions from Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung.

“Each deputy commissioner has been asked to conduct a safety audit of space within his or her district to identify safe and unsafe areas for women and girls, and take remedial measures to ensure their safety and security in unsafe areas,” an official said.

Jung has also asked the DCs to identify locations in their districts where all-girls’ schools can be started in the coming year.

“The Lt-Governor has asked the DCs to pay attention to cleanliness and hygiene, especially on midday meals being served in schools,” the official said.

The directions came at a review meeting on Wednesday, in which Jung also stressed upon improving healthcare facilities for children. Government hospitals and dispensaries were asked to stock emergency medicines and report any shortage to the health secretary immediately.

Jung also directed that gram sabha and other government land should be cleared of encroachments for establishing schools and healthcare facilities.

“The land is to be made available to the health and education departments,” Jung said.

The DCs have been further told to monitor healthcare centres and schools in their districts closely and send detailed reports to the education and health departments, with a copy to the Lt-Governor’s secretariat,” an official said.

Jung told the chief secretary to draw up a roster for secretaries’ visit to government hospitals for closer monitoring of their functioning. He also asked the DCs to keep a close watch on the movement and prices of vegetables, fruits and pulses in their districts.

Every fortnight, the DCs must submit an action-taken report on issues pertaining to status of water and power, cleaning of dhalaos, desilting of drains, defogging, removal of encroachments, field visits to hospitals, dispensaries, schools, fairprice shops, night shelters and other critical areas within their districts.

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