Task Force committees to be set up across the State
Taking a cue from the news reports that claimed that even school going children were taking to drugs in Hyderabad, HRD Minister Ganta Srinvasa Rao announced that exclusive Task Force Committees (TFCs) would be set up to keep a tab on nearby places of schools, colleges and other educational institutions across the State to check and monitor the situation.
Visakhapatnam: Taking a cue from the news reports that claimed that even school going children were taking to drugs in Hyderabad, HRD Minister Ganta Srinvasa Rao announced that exclusive Task Force Committees (TFCs) would be set up to keep a tab on nearby places of schools, colleges and other educational institutions across the State to check and monitor the situation.
- Teachers, parents and excise officials to be members of the committees
- They would conduct surprise inspections near schools, colleges and universities to check if anyone is supplying drugs
- HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao advises officials to be on high alert and watch the movement of unknown persons
As the drug smugglers are selling the drugs in the form of biscuits and in other forms, the Minister said that it is high time the government agencies, managements of institutions and parents fight against drugs. Ganta convened a meeting with managements of educational institutions and officials of police, excise and other departments on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the TFCs consisting of teachers, excise officials and parents would conduct surprise inspections in and around the educational institutions to check the selling of drugs. The Minister instructed the teachers and lecturers and suggested to the parents to ensure a close watch on the students and any change in their behaviour.
The Minister also directed the officials and faculty members to be more alert and watch the movements of unknown persons in and around the schools and colleges. With drugs being sold in the form of biscuits, chocolates and even ice-creams, the managements of the schools and colleges should check shops and vendors in the vicinity of the institutions.
Ganta asked the teachers to conduct periodical parent-teacher meetings and discuss about the behaviour of students. He suggested to the parents to check the return time of the children from the colleges to home.A meeting followed by a rally with all the degree college students would be organised on July 25 to create awareness on the impacts of the drug usage, the HRD Minister said.
Earlier in the morning the Minister participated in a signature campaign 'Unite against Drugs' organised by city based NGO WAY Foundation on the Beach Road. Large numbers of students participated. The organisers administered a pledge against the drugs in the programme.