After installing webcams in midday meal kitchens,the South Municipal Corporation will now install CCTV cameras in all 588 schools which fall under its jurisdiction.
We were the first corporation in the country to install cameras in midday meal kitchens and now we will do the same for all our schools to be able to inspect and monitor them easily. Providing security to schools is the main motive behind the move, Satish Upadhyay,Chairman of the education committee, of the corporation,said.
Through the surveillance system,we will be able to not only monitor the school campus,but also trace security breaches. Like the midday meal system,the footage of the cameras will be stored for five days and officials will be able to view it anytime, he said.
The trial run has already begun,with the corporation installing CCTV cameras in a primary school in Tuglaqabad area last week. We are looking at eight to 10 cameras that will be installed at the school gate,on the school ground and in various classrooms in each school. The system will first be implemented in girls schools and schools located in sensitive areas in the city. We plan on extending it to all schools under our jurisdiction by March 2014, Upadhyay said.
The corporation has around 179 girls schools under its jurisdiction. For the installation of
the cameras,the corporation has asked the Delhi government for a Rs 25-crore grant.
Earlier this month,the civic agency had installed webcams in kitchens of three of its NGOs Ekta Shakti Foundation,Iskcon Food Relief Foundation and Jay Gee Humanitarian Society that supply midday meals to its schools. The move came into force after 23 children lost their lives after consuming contaminated midday meals in Bihar.