LG instructs to deploy more female guards in Delhi schools

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday directed all the agencies concerned to take concrete steps to ensure women’s safety in the city, including deployment of more female Civil Defence Volunteers (CDVs) in schools to instil a sense of security among girl students.

Baijal’s instructions came as he chaired a meeting of the “Task Force on Women Safety Issues” at his office here.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, GNCTD; Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women; Principal Secretary (Home), GNCTD; Commissioner of Police, Delhi; Secretary (Education); Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Women Safety), Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; and other senior officers.

At the outset of the meeting, Baijal directed Secretary (Education) that regular inspections should be made by officers in schools to identify and address security deficiencies there.

“Obtain feedback from students, teachers, ex-students and ex-teachers to make reforms for the betterment of schools as well as students,” he said.

He also stressed that the audit of private security guards deployed in various schools be made on regular basis to ensure the safety of girl students, Baijal’s office said in a statement.

The Lt. Governor, it stated, further directed the Social Welfare Department to make arrangements for auditing all the children homes as well as shelter homes by a third party under their jurisdiction to ensure safety and security of the inmates.

He also directed the Transport Department to expedite installation of emergency buttons in DTC buses connected with the Delhi Police Headquarters and instructed the Delhi Police to enhance its visibility around the schools and colleges.

“Instructions were also given to Delhi Police by the Lt Governor for deployment of women police personnel at facilitation desks wherever feasible, speedy investigation in cases related to women and children, increase of women personnel in Delhi Police and further improving Himmat Plus App,” Baijal’s office said.

Stressing on the need for a change in mindset, he directed the departments to keep up their efforts on generating awareness and sensitisation programmes towards women safety.