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Schools asked to list nearby liquor vends

The Delhi government has asked schools in the national capital to submit a list of liquor shops near their premises and assured of action if they have objection to their operation in the vicinity.

The move comes after two incidents of crimes against children inside schools were reported last week, highlighting the gaps in security of students.

“Have asked schools to furnish information about liquor shops polluting the atmosphere in their (schools’) vicinity. Such shops will be shut, even if they are in compliance with the rules, if they are polluting the atmosphere near schools,” Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in two tweets.

Though no liquor shops are allowed within 100 metres of a school according to rules a senior Directorate of Education (DoE) official said.

Action will be taken against liquor shops running in the vicinity of schools in violation of the rule, he said.

“If a school has any objection with a liquor shop which is located beyond 100 metres from it, government will shift such shops to other place,” the official said.

A liquor shop was found operating near the Gurugram school where the brutal killing of the class 2 student took place on September 8.

The Delhi government ordered schools to fix CCTV cameras covering their entire premises and complete police verification of their non-teaching staff within three weeks.

The government has also set up a high-level committee to suggest measures to improve safety and security of students in schools.

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